Day of Tears: a Novel in Dialogue

by Julius Lester | Teens | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1423104099 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 1/19/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Trade paperback - I'm pretty sure this copy came from a Friends of the Library sale (larger photo here).

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award: a fictionalized look at "the Weeping Time," the largest slave auction in American history. Over the course of two days (March 2-3, 1859), over 400 slaves from Pierce Butler's Georgia plantation were sold to help pay their master's massive gambling debts.

Butler was supposedly a "good" master who treated his slaves fairly well, but ultimately he viewed them as an asset which could be turned into cash: a good example of why, no matter how well they are treated, slaves are likely to want to be free and in charge of their own destiny.

There's a lot of heartbreak and misery in this story, but it manages to end on a hopeful note by moving forward to a time closer to the present, where Emma's granddaughter is free, literate, and writing a report for school on what happened to her grandparents.

Here's another copy on my BookCrossing shelf.

Counting this as my 2016 Georgia read for NancyNova's 2015-2016 50 States reading challenge.
2016 states read (3/51): CA GA WY

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Ward Entertainment Center (Theaters) in Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Released 5 yrs ago (1/20/2016 UTC) at Ward Entertainment Center (Theaters) in Honolulu, Hawaii USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Left hanging from the vending machine in the parking lot. Wild released for Secretariat's 2016 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Challenge (week 3: Africans and African Americans) and AlterEgoZoe's Leap into the Wild Challenge.

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