July 20, 2024


Oct 29, 2024
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual Event

Book Talk- Liberty Street: A Savannah Family, its Golden Boy, and the Civil War

Free with RSVP
Online via Zoom

Purchasing a historic Savannah home unlocks the sweeping story of a Southern Jewish family.

As Jason K. Friedman renovated his flat in a grand townhouse in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, he discovered a portal to the past. The Cohens, part of a Sephardic community in London, arrived in South Carolina in the mid-1700s; became founding members of Charleston’s Jewish congregation; and went on to build home, community, and success in Savannah.

In Liberty Street: A Savannah Family, Its Golden Boy, and the Civil War Friedman takes the reader on a personal journey to understand the history of the Cohens. At the center of the story is a sensitive young man pulled between love and duty, a close-knit family straining under moral and political conflicts, and a city coming into its own. Friedman draws on letters, diaries, and his experiences traveling from Georgia to Virginia, uncovering hidden histories and exploring the ways place and collective memory haunt the present. At a moment when the hard light of truth shines on gauzy Lost-Cause myths, Liberty Street is a timely work of historical sleuthing.

Join us online for a discussion with author Jason K. Friedman and moderator Laura Arnold Leibman!


Online via Zoom