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The author makes it clear exactly where these prohibitions came from. Plantation society was rigidly hierarchical, after all, particularly on the heels of the Civil War and the economic hardships that came with Reconstruction. The only permissible path upward for hard-working, ambitious African Americans was indirect. A meteoric rise, or too obvious an appearance of prosperity, would be swiftly punished. To enable the slow but steady advance of their clan, the black women of Cane River plot, plead, deceive, and manipulate their way through history, extracting crucial gifts of money and property along the way. In the wake of a visit from the 1880 census taker, the aged Elisabeth reflects on how far they had come.
When the census taker looked at them, he saw colored first, asking questions like single or married, trying to introduce shame where there was none. He took what he saw and foolishly put those things down on a list for others to study. Could he even understand the pride in being able to say that Emily could read and write? They could ask whatever they wanted, but what he should have been marking in the book was family, and landholder, and educated, each generation gathering momentum, adding something special to the brew.In her introduction, Tademy explains that as a young woman, she failed to appreciate the love and reverence with which her mother and her four uncles spoke of their lively Grandma 'Tite (short for "Mademoiselle Petite"). She resented her great-grandmother's skin-color biases, which were as much a part of Tademy's memory as were her great-grandmother's trademark dance moves. But the old stories haunted the author, and armed with a couple of pages of history compiled by a distant Louisiana cousin, she began to piece together a genealogy. The result? Tademy eventually left her position as vice president of a Fortune 500 company and set to work on Cane River, in which she has deftly and movingly reconstructed the world of her ancestors. --Regina Marler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
excellent book.....plan on giving this to my daughter..this is one of my all-time favorites....thank God we are evolving as human beings..... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Anne Foley
This book tells a great story of some amazing strong, women and the legacy of their children. I will recommend this book to friends.Published 1 day ago by Kerri Cushing
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This is one of my all time favorite books. I loaned it to a friend years ago. I never got it back so I had to reorder it for my collection.Published 11 days ago by charlotte phelps
Impressive book with its sources right there as you read about the family. It was gripping story and couldn't wait for each chapter involving the next generation. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Joan Loos
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I like history and this book seemed like it was actually taking place. Grabbed me right away, couldn't put it downPublished 25 days ago by Diana M. Nissim
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