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Soulcatcher: And other stories

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Twelve stories about the African experience of slavery in America, by the National Book Award-winning novelist.

Nothing has had as profound an effect on American life as slavery. For blacks and whites alike, the experience has left us with a conflicted and contradictory history. Now, famed novelist Charles Johnson, whose Middle Passage won the National Book Award, presents
Paperback, 132 pages
Published March 15th 2001 by Mariner Books (first published March 1st 2001)
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Aug 06, 2016 Vanessa rated it did not like it
Johnson's collection of short stories about slavery were meek and indescriptive. They relied to heavily on the assumed knowledge of the leader. Furthermore, too many of the stories were not about the lives of slaves but others related to the life and slavery. Only one story, "Transmission" which discusses the middle passage is telling but the rest fall short of being even slightly entertaining. Not worth reading. There are other anthologies or literary accounts of slavery which are more better ...more
This collection of fiction short stories can be used in the classroom to study slavery in the United States from multiple perspectives. The stories are short enough where students won't feel bogged down with the text and interesting to spark engaging discussions. This can also be used to model writing from a historical perspective and the amount of research and accuracy required to write in such context.
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Jul 04, 2010 Chris Johnson rated it it was amazing
classic. short, AND sweet. one of the best collection of short stories you can read. "Transmission" was like, a mini-novel in itself. incredble. Charles Johnson, one of the best writers living.
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Very short stories but worth the read because you feel for the characters and it takes you beyond comfort zone. The author makes no solidified judgment on right versus wrong.
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Just okay. A couple of the stories would make very interesting novels. Nice, quick read though.
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Charles R. Johnson is an American scholar and author of novels, short stories, and essays. Johnson, an African-American, has directly addressed the issues of black life in America in novels such as Middle Passage and Dreamer. Johnson first came to prominence in the 1960s as a political cartoonist, at which time he was also involved in radical politics. In 1970, he published a collection of cartoon
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