The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
On Research Leave, Winter & Spring 2014
United States history; African American and Caribbean history; comparative slavery and emancipations.
Julie Saville's research and teaching are focused on plantation societies of the southern United States and regions of the Caribbean from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. She is especially interested in how broad historical changes during the era of trans-Atlantic slave emancipations are related to daily life, the social relations of labor, and popular forms of political expression.
The Work of Reconstruction: From Slave to Wage Laborer in South Carolina, 1860-1870 (Cambridge University Press, 1994; paperback 1996).
"Grassroots Reconstruction: Agricultural Laborers and Collective Actionin South Carolina, 1860-1868," Slavery and Abolition 12:3 (December 1991): 173-82.
Ira Berlin, Thavolia Glymph, Steven F. Miller, Joseph P. Reidy, Leslie S.Rowland, and Julie Saville, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation,1861-1867, Ser. 1, Vol. 2: The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Lower South (Cambridge University Press, 1990).
Ira Berlin, Barbara Jeanne Fields, Thavolia Glymph, Steven F. Miller, Joseph P. Reidy, Leslie S. Rowland, and Julie Saville, "Writing Freedom's History: The Destruction of Slavery," Prologue 17: 4 (Winter 1985): 211-27.
She is presently at work on a study of slaves' political culture in the French Caribbean in the aftermath of the French and Haitian revolutions.