Joe Kelly is a graduate of Stratford High School, the University of Dallas and the University of Texas who now teaches in the English Department at the College of Charleston.
In 1863, Union forces surrounded the city of Charleston. Their vice-like grip on the harbor would hold the city hostage for nearly two years, becoming the longest siege in the history of modern warfare. But for almost two centuries prior, a singular ideology forged among the headstrong citizens of Charleston had laid a different sort of siege to the entire American South--the promulgation of brutal, deplorable, and immensely profitable institution of slavery.
In AMERICA’S LONGEST SIEGE, Joseph Kelly examines the nation's long struggle with its "peculiar institution" through the hotly contested debates in the city at the center of the slave trade. From the earliest slave rebellions to the Nullification crisis to the final, tragic act of secession that doomed both the city and the South as a whole, Kelly captures the toxic mix of nationalism, paternalism, and unprecedented wealth that made Charleston the focus of the nationwide debate over slavery. Kelly also explores the dissenters who tried--and ultimately failed--to stop the oncoming Civil War.
Exhaustingly researched and also compulsively readable, AMERICA’S LONGEST SIEGE offers an insightful new take on the war and the culture that made it inevitable.
What: Joseph Kelly will discuss and sign his new book, AMERICA’S LONGEST SIEGE.
When: Saturday, June 29, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079
Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet Joseph Kelly for book personalization, please purchase AMERICA’S LONGEST SIEGE from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, you will receive a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line.
A limited number of autographed copies of Joseph’s books will be available for purchase after the event. If you cannot attend the event, but would like a personalized copy of her book, please call us before the event at (281) 497-8675.
Location: Street: 14532 Memorial Dr City: Houston, Province: Texas Postal Code: 77079 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)