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The Lost German Slave Girl: The Extraordinary True Story of Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom in Old New Orleans Paperback – November 29, 2005
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Sally Miller was the spitting image of Salome Muller's mother who died on the voyage to America, and her Muller Aunt insisted that she had the birthmarks which Salome had, all her friends and relatives were also convinced. However Miller had been sold as a slave to a master who would not release her, in order for her to assume her new life with her family she had to be formally proved to be Salome Muller and therefore not able to be taken back into slavery again - and so began a vitriolic court case.
The real strength of this book is that it is actually not Dry at all. Bailey points out the weaknesses in his book early on - that there are not written records for some of it, and where these don't exist he has made guesses at what happened in between based on the outcome
What I found ultimately the most fascinating is that this exposes the strengths and weaknesses of the slavery system in the South compared to the North (neither of which I will point out right now was ideal!Read more ›
Baily gives us a story worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster - a story about a young orphan German girl sold into slavery and the legal efforts made by New Orlean's German community to set her free. The story has many exciting twists and turns.
As good as the story is is Baily's account of Louisiana's case law concerning slaves and redemptioners (indentured whites). The law is familiar and strange. Familiar because we know the legal procedures; strange because the law we learn about treats people as property.
The tension only mounts as the court case begins. The book provides a perspective of US history through its detail and discussion of how slaves are treated and, even more startling, the motivations behind the law-making governing slaves and whether someone is considered white. I'd recommend it to all. John Bailey did a remarkable job of using the case of the "lost German slave girl" to provide a much larger view of Southern history.
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An odd tale; but one of (probably many). Very well written; very good read.Published 1 month ago by Joan C.
Great read and leaves you wondering which "truth" might be true!Published 1 month ago by Mary E. Davis
The description of the conditions brought on by " the year without a summer" was the best that I have read. It made you feel like you were there living through it.Published 2 months ago by Sandra Knopf
Having visited New Orleans and touring plantations, it was interesting to read about some of the places we visited and what it was like back than. Read morePublished 3 months ago by anggela
Hard to follow and very confusing. Did not enjoy it at all. Read it for a book group.Published 3 months ago by PS Reader
Written like a novel with twists and turns, courtroom drama, and multifaceted characters. Keeps your attention to the endPublished 4 months ago by Linda Dellinger