Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Shadow On The Household

One Enslaved Family's Incredible Struggle for Freedom, by Bryan Prince.

Quickie Recap: John Weems, a former slave himself, watches helplessly as his enslaved wife and 7 children are sold away from him and from each other when their owner suddenly dies and his heirs decide on sale and separation. The Weemses seek liberation by any means possible.

Quickie Review: This book is incredibly well-researched and so nuanced that at times I had to remind myself that it was fact, not fiction. The family is brought to life by the tragedy of their situation, which is highlighted by the presence of both heroes and villains in the truest sense of words.

Quickie Recommendation: Enlightening.

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