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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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The Lost German Slave Girl, 2003 (Macmillan) relates the true story of a slave woman in Louisiana who claimed to be a German immigrant who had been illegally taken into bondage when she was a child.
His latest book, Mr Stuart's Track 2006 (Macmillan), reveals the forgotten life of John McDouall Stuart, the first explorer to cross Australia from coast to coast.
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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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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 1 day ago by anggela
Hard to follow and very confusing. Did not enjoy it at all. Read it for a book group.Published 4 days ago by PS Reader
Written like a novel with twists and turns, courtroom drama, and multifaceted characters. Keeps your attention to the endPublished 20 days ago by Linda Dellinger
A fascinating overview of the twists, turns and manipulations of laws that applied to slavery in Louisiana and other Deep South states. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Ann Walker
This book exposes the horror of slavery that the South supported by it's morally corrupt laws for the slaves. An eye opener!Published 1 month ago by M. T. DELAMELENA
Really enjoyed this book -- well written with insightful historical information and perspective.Published 2 months ago by Josephine Ann Chase
A interesting look at the case of a German orphan, who is raised as a slave in New Orleans, and when an adult, her quest for freedom. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer