Associate Professor Emerita

of History and the College

Julie Saville has retired and no longer directs BA theses or accepts new graduate students.

PhD 1986 Yale University

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 East 59th Street, Mailbox 62
Chicago, IL 60637

Field Specialties

United States history; African American and Caribbean history; comparative slavery and emancipations


Julie Saville's research focuses on plantation societies of the southern United States and 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.


Julie Saville is at work on a study of slaves' political culture in the French Caribbean in the aftermath of the French and Haitian revolutions.
—The Work of Reconstruction: From Slave to Wage Laborer in South Carolina, 1860–1870. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994; paperback 1996.
—"Grassroots Reconstruction: Agricultural Laborers and Collective Actionin South Carolina, 1860-1868." Slavery and Abolition 12, no. 3 (Dec. 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. 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, no. 4 (Win. 1985): 211–27.