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The research is primarily based upon land sale documents. Back then slaves were literally mere property to buy, sell, and barter. The problem with the underlying documentation, which is well flagged by the author, is that her name (as well as the names of her relatives) were frequently misspelled which doesn't help with tracing this sort of history.
It's a very personal history, and clearly the author has gone to great pains to include as many details as she can. In a few places this leads to a slight feeling of 'And then, and then and then' which interrupts the flow somewhat. Of course these facets would be invaluable to anyone looking into this family's history, but this is a very niche section of the audience who might be interested.
I do think this could have been made more interesting by erring on the fictionalised, and telling 'Her story' rather than chronicling the events of her life. It feels like this should belong in academic archives, or as part of a history book rather than being a stand alone title. It's a fascinating read, and has a great deal of insight into the slave trading system in the deep south, but gets bogged down a little in the minutae. If you want a very unique, and compellingly written chronicle of one woman's life as a slave, this is worth a read.Read more ›
If you are looking for a book that has a story line to it, this is not it. This just goes on and on and on and on who all was sold to who, and who moved to where.
What you get here that you may not find in other works of historical non-fiction though is the author's direct connection to the source material. Ann Lee is recounting her family history with this work and because of that she is able to provide asides in the tale. This is an inspiring, historical, look at a family's journey through America.
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You know...I like to read books about the Old South because my grandmother was originally from there but, I found this book to be lacking in facts and interest.... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jessicahkiefer
This book is a bit slow but I enjoy reading about history, so I really enjoyed this book. It's amazing some of the things these people were put through. Very sad, but touching. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by S. Heaney
It is so interesting to find the stories that happen in those days. The history and family information that was uncovered was amazing and the author had to spend countless hours... Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by Mimi