A historical examination of the evil known as slavery…
An American Quilt by Rachel May
My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my review copy of this book. You ladies rock!
Slavery is the indelible stain on American history, especially in the South. But slavery did not begin in America, nor did it end when slavery was abolished. Slavery has a long dark history and spans the globe. There are still slaves in the world today.
Along with the enslavement of the Negro race came prejudice and mistrust. Those seeds were sown in hatred, and they bring forth violence and unrest still today.
In this book, a strange quilt is discovered that seems to tell a tale of escape from slavery. The author leads the reader through the world of slaves and slavery through the story of this quilt.
People tend to forget that slavery was an American thing, not just a Southern thing. People worked as slaves in the Northern factories, their hire being paid to their masters. House slaves were not much better than the ones toiling on the plantations, and some were perhaps worse.
In giving descriptions of the woes suffered by individuals trapped in the claws of slavery, the author pulls no punches. Slavery isn’t something that can be polished or painted with glorious colors. It is a blight upon humanity and the only way to expose it is simply show it for what it is.
I give the author kudos for the bravery to write this account. There will no doubt be readers who may wish the story was different, but the truth is often raw and naked.
Of course, there is a dash of light in the darkness as the various members of the quilting family gain their freedom. It serves to show that things can change, even if it takes a long, long time.
I give the book a solid four stars…
Quoth the Raven…