Human Property Hanging in the Family Tree Yields a Harvest
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Human Property Hanging in the Family Tree Yields a Harvest

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“Human Property Hanging in the Family Tree Yields a Harvest,” is a true story of the life and times of Mariah and her family. Mariah was born a slave, seen the brutality of slavery, and fought the KKK. Mariah’s departure to transcend from human property to a human being was met with opposition, as she and her family channeled through the violent Reconstruction Era. As the...more
Kindle Edition, 207 pages
Published January 27th 2012 by Mariah & Chloey LLC (first published January 27th 1)
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Jason Baldwin-Stephens
First and foremost please keep in mind that Human Property Hanging in the Family Tree Yields a Harvest is not a memoir but is a work of non-fiction. It's loaded with dates, facts and figures as most historical accounts need to be.

What you get here that you may not find in other works of historical non-fiction though is the author's direct connection to the source material. Ann Lee is recounting her family history with this work and because of that she is able to provide asides in the tale. This...more
I won this book here on Goodreads, I assumed it was a historical memoir,it is not. This book is 170 pages of vital statistics; the births,sales,marriages and deaths of the authors ancestors and while there are some well known people in her family,there is no story here, yes, there are a couple of lines about a slave massacre and a couple more on standing up to the kkk, but this is nothing more than a book of facts that the author has recorded during research on and her local library...more
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads, First Reads. I am sorely disappointed with what could have been a great account. Instead, it seems better fit as a story inexpertly written as a family doctrine, and not for public release. The text is riddled with typos, grammatical errors, and a poorly structured timeline. What disappointed me the most was the overwhelming lack of passion each sentence held.
While I do realize this is non-fiction, the writing style really could have done with a lot of editing. Non-fiction books can have a voice to them and I felt that this one severely lacked it. Also, the repetitiveness of the sentences bothered me (eg. "Z happened. Here's why. And so Z happened.") I'd prefer to have it be either: "Z happened. Here's why." or "This happened and the result was Z."

It felt very list-like and I couldn't sense where this was going. Based on the blurb I read, I thought I...more
While I am sure that there is a compelling story here somewhere, the author, unfortunately does not have the writing talent to tell it. Frequent grammatical and spelling errors distract from the tale, which is mostly a dull recitation of facts. Lee doesn't make her characters live. They are one-dimensional beings that fail to captivate the reader.
I never finished the book because it just was not worth the read.
To the author: no doubt that your ancestor's story deserves to be told. There is a lot...more
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Ann Lee enjoys writing inspirational nonfiction books. True life is more mysterious than fiction. Through the pain and the obstacles, in this journey that is known as "life" we seek resolution. The outcome of resolve, may not be perfect, however, there is always a lesson that can be learned.
Researching, true life stories can be a tedious undertaking. However, the rewards, justify the outcome. In 1...more
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“With their passing, they took the memories of an age when America was in her infancy. They experienced the turmoil and the trials of her birth. Through different lenses, one as the master of her universe and one as a slave to her existence, yet, they shared in her dream.” 2 likes
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