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Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
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Jan 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical
Read from January 28 to February 01, 2010

I love a book that teaches you something about a period of history, whether non-fiction or well written and researched fiction. While this is a work of fiction and the heroine completely fictitious, her journey could well have taken place as set out, given a great deal of luck at surviving through it all. It serves as a great method of describing the transportation of slaves stolen from their villages in Africa, force marched to the coast, branded and shipped to the States in horrific conditions. It goes on to describe a bit about plantation life, life in the town and in New York at that time for Blacks. The book then moves through the revolutionary war where the British encouraged the negroes to fight for them on a promise of a new life and freedom in other colonies, and the emptiness of that promise when they arrived in their new lands (In this case Nova Scotia) to find no land an conditions/prejudices little better than before. We then travel with the main character to Sierra Leone with Nova Scotian Blacks and British to establish a free colony just down the road from the original slaving port she left from, which apparently the present state acknowledges as the foundation of their country. Finaly to London and the abolitionist movement. Aminata is a wonderful character in a very moving and human story.
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Fiona didn't know you'd read this. Just picked it up from the library.

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