Day of Tears: a Novel in Dialogue
ISBN: 1423104099 Global Overview for this book
1 journaler for this copy...
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
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