It's truly heartbreaking to imagine fellow human beings treated as anything less, but it happened, and all we can do now is remember and learn from that tragic time in history where people owned other people and called them slaves.
What struck me most about these women is that so many of them saw a future for themselves that was better than the drudgery they were living. With no reason to hope, that is exactly what many of them dared to do, hope.
Stories like this help me to grasp the incredible progress that has been made in recent times and to fully appreciate the tenacity, the drive, and the accomplishments of people like Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and their predecessors. Their accomplishments could not even have been imagined 200 years ago.
I loved this book, I loved the characters, and I love that Lalita Tademy was able to piece it all together to share it.
|Lalita Tademy's great-grandmother, Emily Fredieu and her children|
If you want to take a taste before you buy, go to lalitatademy.com to read an excerpt. There's a great reading group guide and small photo gallery there too!
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