Review: JUBILEE by Margaret Walker

Some participants do not have blogs of their own, but we like to give them an opportunity to express their opinions about the books they read for the reading challenges.

Reva read Jubilee by Margaret Walker for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here is her review:

Jubilee is my favorite kind of book. It is based on a true life story and given to us by her great-great granddaughter, the award winning author Margaret Walker. It depicts the horrors of slavery on the plantation and describes life after the Civil War when poor whites begrudged the negro his efforts to obtain land or get a job or just to live in peace.

Southerners had lost most of the good men of marriageable age and many of those left were rabble who agitated for power. After losing lives, homes and a complete way of life, many fought against the government still; they fought by forming the Ku Klux Klan who secretly persecuted and killed Negroes, running them out of town after town before they could build a life of freedom.

I understand the people on both sides and what they had to go through much better after reliving the times with Margaret Walkers memories. This book is a national treasure and should be read by every American.

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5 Comments

  1. I have been wondering about this book and love the title. The cover choice you used is nice as I have seen several different ones. I think this is my favorite.

    Thanks Reva! A very simple, thoughtful and clear review.

  2. There were many different covers, but when I was putting together this post for Reva, I thought this one best expressed what the book seems to be about.

  3. Nice choice Anna – you blog always looks wonderful too!

  4. Thanks, Shellie! I appreciate the kind words.

  5. […] The other writer I allude to had a somewhat better fate. She was born in 1915, received a BA from Northwestern University, worked for the Federal Writers’ Project as part of FDR’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), meeting numerous writers, both black and white, among them Langston Hughes and Richard Wright. She helped Wright with drafts for Native Son and supplied him with invaluable legal research for the novel. She would receive her master’s degree in 1942, earning a fellowship after she won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. She earned her Ph.D from the University of Iowa in 1965, her dissertation a novel, the only one she ever wrote. She continued writing poetry, publishing it, while teaching at Jackson State University. She would die in 1998. Her name was Margaret Walker; the novel she wrote in 1966 was Jubilee. […]


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