To be a Slave is a book that did an excellent job for the rights of African Americans. It is a very intresting book, simply because there is a new story about an event that happened every few pages. He explained how he was taken from Africa and brought to America. They recapture the spirit of a past generation of black people authentically -- the humor, the wit, the gesture, the inuuendo of the vernacular. He released two albums entitled Julius Lester in 1965 and Departures in 1967. His first published book, The Folksinger's Guide to the 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly written with Pete Seeger, was published in 1965.
Though I was no larger than the twinkle of a star, I already knew that lives did not consist only of what happened during one's brief span of years. Because most slaves were illiterate, their stories were passed along orally, but most written historical accounts of slavery ignore this oral tradition, focusing instead on how slavery as an institution affected the white, mainstream society. Lester seems blessed, and cursed, with an intellectual and emotional restlessness that at its best provokes the reader to a renewed awareness of the great loneliness we each carry inside, and of the call to community that the painful singularity inevitably sounds in us all. This book has real life experieces that are written down by those who experienced them. But on to a happy subject. The rain stopped a few minutes after the auction ended. When owners wanted to sell a slave, they took them to an auction.
History is not just facts and events. He uses language that both arresting and poetic in such a manner that you will be transported into a culture and time which we had refused to see. I was overwhelmed by a sense of loss……. I again recoiled in horror to read of how discipline was given for minor offenses like 25 lashes for a dry leaf or branch in the cotton, delivering less than the required 200 pounds for adults; 50 lashes for any other offense and 100 lashes for severe offenses like being caught not working in the cotton fields. You can't tell how I felt.
All of the slaves were helpless against their owners until after the Civil War. Whoever had him before probably wanted him for breeding purposes. You can treat it good and feel it good and give it anything it seems to want-but if you open the cage- it's happy. The second is to teach him to think that his own best interests will be served by doing what his master wishes him to do. Anonymous I was unaware of this but its on the list - my 12 year old niece has been studying the history of slavery in Texas, so I think I'll get a copy for her as well. Lester's historical commentary and powerful and soulful paintings by Mr. Even though Turner had no direct experience with slavery, she was one generation removed and had a wealth of stories to share.
Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. All the characters here are fully formed, from Nat's father, with a hate so strong he becomes as violent as his oppressors, to the slave master plagued by guilt and his own forbidden love. Although he's frightened, he is also curious. I was surprised at the letter he chose to end the book on though, the person who wrote it is very bitter and angry, while the rest of the book is a I got this from my mom's to let my 9 yr. The author's use of modern English and his insightful tracing of Othello's background, not contained in the original work, give the reader a more comprehensive look at Othello as he questions his racial identity.
Karen Barbour's dramatic vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester's unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us. When the storm hit, the lady was on the opposite end of the field, and her babies drowned in the log. One day, it began to heavily rain and the mothers were not allowed to reach their children until after their work was done. I felt very sorry for the slaves during that era. Before his career in academia, he recorded two albums of original music, his photographs of the civil rights movement were included in an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, and he hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City. I also enjoy reading books about history, because I enjoy learning about the past.
I was somewhat surprised at the content, it is a very sad book! This is an uncompromising story about the power of domination, set in the fictional Southern town of Davis in 1946. I think I will wait to introduce it to Lexie. I too get the warm fuzzies sometimes with certain books and can relate to that. I have to admit that I like bats, though. The ease and speed with which this structure came made him realize that? This will make for a stunning readers' theater or dramatic reading in classes or book groups, and it will ocassion equally stunning discussion afterward. The text was hard for me to understand and very disinteresting.
I don't think I would read another book by Julius Lester because I don't like his style of writing. He passed up the opportunity to bring the slaves safely to another slaveowner because he valued the opinion and favor of his master more than his freedom or the freedom of his fellow slaves. Most people who were not slaves had a twisted image of what slavery really was. Some of the owners, though, were forgiving and respectful. The realities of being dumped, with nothing and no means of support. I also learned the history behind how slaves came to be and why slavery was abolished. It intersperses excerpts from slave accounts and interviews with explanatory remarks by Lester as well as black and white drawings by Feelings.
When I first started reading this book, I was worried it was going to be a boring historical fiction book about slavery. And to experience slaves as human beings, one has to be shown the consequences of what they were put through. The information that was not included in my book was the famous African slaves' thoughts on segregation. I liked your answers especially the one about stroking books :P Your new dog is adorable! To Be A Slave is not a novel, rather it's a concoction of many the slaves lives and how they lived through coming from Africa, moving to working on plantations, and going through the Emancipation. My english teacher assigned this book to the class and gave us 2 weeks to read it. How glad I am that he has found time to get these true stories on paper.
He worked very hard in the fields, and he hated his life. Children and parents were seperated from eachother, they couldn't see eachother ever again. Either way, you'll end up crying if you read it. That sounds like a really interesting book, definitely one to look out for. Most of all I am grateful to all those who have read it, to all those who read it. That's quite sad that you spot dead birds easily : Thanks for the tag.