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The Chaneysville Incident Paperback – May 23, 1990
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The Maryland/Pennsylvania border region has certainly had a speckled racial history, before and after the Civil War. Did slave-catchers make forays into Pennsylvania in the Ante-Bellum era? Yes. There is documentation. It was a socially complicated time, to say the least. If, for example, a southern landowner moved north above the Mason-Dixon, and wished to "keep" his human labor force, the slaves had to be legally contracted in the county for a period of indenture, usually including a freedom "purchase price" if the then former slave wished to leave his former owner. Freedmen had to carry papers, which, while documenting their status, didn't guarantee anything approaching the social status & mobility of whites. There were white families in the border townships of southern Pennsylvania, who, while they themselves didn't own slaves, had cousins and even siblings just over the border in Maryland who did. My dad's family was one like that. So, racially speaking, there was black, white, and a great deal of gray fogging the boundaries between the two.
When David Bradley's novel was first published, much of the reaction from his fellow Bedford Countians revolved around questions about the historical accuracy of his setting, coupled with the statements of "other-ness" made on behalf of the novel's main characters.Read more ›
I often think of this novel among the company of other novels, such as perhaps Huckleberry Finn or Moby Dick, that are slighted in their own time, their own first publication, only to have later generations say, "How did they not get it about this one?...How did they not realize what they had here?..." As with the above mentioned works, there are probably moments reading it when it feels like "work", that it feels like it's "not an easy book", but then you break through again to understanding and realize how glad you are that the author did not condescend to "easify".
I have given away many copies of this. It amazes me that it is ever out of print or hard to get hold of. It's truly one of the great stories, one of the great novels.
Buy it and read it and love it.
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I was a bit dissapointed given the critical acclaim the book received upon publication. The reflective parts of the novel worked well but once the story came to the present and the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by bnashoe
I really enjoyed this book. I think it helped me realize the cruelty of slavery. The ending was amazing & surprising.Published 2 months ago by V. Peel
Confusing theme. Slow reading. Couldn't get into it totally.Published 4 months ago by Rosemarie Nervelle
Worst read ever! I've tried 3 x to finish this book. I can'tPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written. Good novel. Told a story more people need to read aboutPublished 6 months ago by Paul B.
I am envious of writers. Writing dialogue is particularly difficult but David Bradley tells this narrative through the dialogue elegantly. This book is so well written. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dennis J. OLeary
Bradley is a brilliant story-teller. His characters will live with me forever.Published 7 months ago by CoffeeBrat
This is an excellent novel. The early chapters mentioned many conditions I experienced when visiting my grandparents in southern Illinois. I remember the outhouse! Read morePublished 8 months ago by charlotte