Matt’s Book Blog reviewed When I Was a Slave: Memoirs From the Slave Narrative Collection edited by Norman R. Yetman for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here’s an excerpt:
The stories tell about the social structure of the slave community, the monotonous and unhealthy diet of slaves, the superstition-laced medical care, and unspeakable KKK violence during Reconstruction. They also tell stories about resistance ranging from insolence and defiance to secretly practicing religion and learning to read and write. They maintained their humanity – such is resilience – but it’s not a wonder when the elderly people sometimes observe that they take pleasure contemplating that Mean Misses or Cruel Overseer are burning in torment in Hell.
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