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.