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Cast Two Shadows by Ann Rinaldi
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Oct 25, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read on October 25, 2011

I've read several of Ann Rinaldi's YA historical novels. I always love them and learn from them. This one featured a young white-skinned black girl being raised as white by her white plantation master father, his wife and family. The American Revolution is beginning and the members of her family are ambivalent about which side to support. They begin as Tories, but are faced with "popinjay" (Redcoat) attrocities and must make hard choices. The British occupiers are arrogant and treat patriots much as Southerners treated their slaves. As punishment, they often sold patriot prisoners to the Caribbean as slaves. I never knew this happened to white settlers. They burned homes, stole or killed farm animals and definitely never worried about "winning the hearts and minds of the people" as we would say today. People who previously loved the motherland often switched sides as they saw their innocent friends hung in the public square and their bodies left displayed for days or weeks accprding to old English practices.

I've been reading a lot of Civil War history lately and it struck as strange that these American Southerners of the 1770's could adopt the white negro daughter and treat her as their own. It makes me wonder if whites were more kind to slaves then and later degenerated, or if Miss Rinaldi used poetic license to create this kinder fiction for young people.

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Gemma Great review! I was wondering what age you would recommend to read this? :)

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