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Human Property Hanging in the Family Tree Yields a Harvest by [Lee, Ann]
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About the Author

Bio of Author Ann Lee enjoys writing inspirational nonfiction books. True life is more mysterious than fiction. Through the pain and the obstacles, in this journey that is known as "life" we seek resolution. The outcome of resolve, may not be perfect, however, there is always a lesson that can be learned. Researching, true life stories can be a tedious undertaking. However, the rewards, justify the outcome. In 1995, Ann became interesting in writing about Andre Coppage. Andre was an eye-witness to a brutal murder. A small but deadly drug cartel thought that Andre had told police about the murder, so the gang murdered Andre’s five younger siblings. In 2003, after years of following the case, "Code of Silence, the Andre Coppage Story," was written. In 2005, after her mother passed away, Ann, immersed in grief decided to fulfill a promise. Ann promised her mother that she would research their family’s history. All her life, Ann had heard about the story of her 3rd great grandmother a slave named Mariah. While researching, Ann realized that her ancestors lived in a world submerged in violence. To understand historical violence, she went back to college. In 2007, she received a Bachelor of Human Services, major: Community Violence Prevention and Intervention. Ann and Genealogist G. Johnson have documents supporting: Mariah’s ancestry (slave bills) dating back to 1785, Civil War records of Mariah’s husband in the Colored Union Troops and her brother in-law Ben Williams, a slave, who was the bodyguard of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The book depicts the family stories of the lynching’s, the hardships and triumphs of succeeding despite the Jim Crow laws. After 7 years of researching, in 2012, Ann fulfilled her promise to her mother, "Human Property Hanging in the Family Tree Yields a Harvest," was written.

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  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00727LLKC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By B. Godby on May 3, 2012
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This book was not written by an author. It just cannot have been. The grammatical errors are so distracting, the flow is stacatto, and the author assumes (because she simply cannot know) many of the thoughts and emotions, not to mention making up filler between events. Make it fiction and make it interesting already. I love history, but I couldn't finish this book. If you're looking for what this book COULD have been, try Lalita Tademy's "Cane River".Cane River (Oprah's Book Club)
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This chronicles the life of a slave who was a relative of the author, and it is with this perspective she explores the story of who she worked for, how she was sold and even how she was used a chattel to guaruntee a loan.

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.
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Heck, I didn't even get half way through! I usually LOVE to read these type books about "The Old South" have read too many to count...but to me, this was not really a book..more like someone who just kept up with sales receipts over the years and complied them all into this "book"

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.
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This book is of the life and times of Ann Lee's ancestor, Mariah. Giving the history of this family; of their earlier enslavers family history; and later of her children and grandchildren - and this family's accomplishments. A lot of history and references are listed in the book. This is not fiction, but found and verified from newspapers, courthouse documents and State Archives. Perhaps some of early history it slow reading. To Jessica's comment, if you have an interest in African American and Southern History studies, I find your comments questionable, that you have even ready the book. .
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First and foremost please keep in mind that Human Property Hanging in the Family Tree Yields a Harvest is not a memoir but is a work of non-fiction. It's loaded with dates, facts and figures as most historical accounts need to be.

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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