Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Writing & Linguistics (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Ben Drevlow


This collection of three historical fiction short stories and one flash piece highlights a lesser known, yet important, component of Savannah, Georgia’s, rich history: Irish immigration. These stories are based on the history of the Kehoe family—one of the many families that emigrated from Ireland during the 1850s—in Savannah. Each story is fueled by archival and genealogical research, supported through the incorporation of artifacts, and filled in with original prose. The collection, as a whole, works to paint a picture of the many facets of Irish life in Savannah by telling the Kehoe family’s stories of tragedy as well as triumph.