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Sapelo's People: A Long Walk into Freedom

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In this moving and original work, William S. McFeely, one of this country's most distinguished historians, retells the history—and enters into the current-day lives—of the people who inhabit Sapelo's Island off the coast of Georgia, descendants of slaves who once worked its huge cotton plantations. It is at once a richly detailed work of historical reconstruction, a sensit ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 17th 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1994)
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Mar 29, 2015 Sara rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People interested enough in Sapelo to skip the boring parts
Much evidence outside this book suggests that the author is an accomplished historian, a sensitive humanist, and absolutely on the right side of history when it comes to race relations in America. However, this book is terrible.

The history of the black community of Sapelo Island, a coastal island off Georgia, is unquestionably riveting. Along with African-Americans who've lived for generations on the coastal islands of Georgia and South Carolina, they are considered part of the Gullah or Geeche
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Jun 11, 2009 Zack Anchors rated it liked it
Wasn't really into McFeely's self-reflective narrative style, but the story of the island and its people is quite amazing. McFeely tries to explore the ethics of historical storytelling and the role of the historian/documentarian, but I think smart explorations of these issues can be found elsewhere.
Aug 30, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
This would be primarily of interest to readers who know the families of Sapelo; secondarily of interest to those who have visited Sapelo. Greatest insight was the the strong Muslim heritage and continued faith of the earliest involuntary residents.
May 30, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing
I read this for research but found myself totally involved with the prose. Excellent read about a beautiful island and its people.
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