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The Strength of These Arms: Life in the Slave Quarters Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings
ISBN:0395773946
LANGUAGE:English

" I really enjoyed the photos and snippets from everyday life, but wasn't impressed with some parts where it seemed speculations on what people might have thought were presented as facts. " said.

"Got this quick but concise book in today because hey—I was cataloging and got all caught up in my favorite subjects—Tudor England, Cleopatra/Tutankhamen and the Egyptians, the Greek and Roman empire and another subject I have always been fascinated with—enslaved Americans whether through American Slavery, forced servitude, the Holocaust and the Civil War..always loved history and these periods fascinated me, if I had a head for dates I would definitely have been a History major but eh I just love to read LOL…so found this gem about life in the slave quarters and loved the description of men, women and children who struggled with strength and dignity against the outrageous institution of slavery—loved the portrayals of those who never gave up, made a way out of nothing, kept their heads up and their culture and family in their hearts as they endured the worst treatment of human beings in history. The stark contrasts of the barren but loved homes the slaves were forced to live in with the lavish luxury of the master big house were shown as well as heartwrenching stories of the struggle and ordeals they faced just to do the most basic of tasks: be with their families, relax, garden, clean—all the little things we take for granted with our “freedoms” today. I got a lot more than pictures and stories from this 38 Page read full of backstories and oral histories of the ones who lived through it..With the opening of the National African American History Museum, an amazing African American president in office and even an African American female Librarian of Congress to see where we came from with the beginnings that we have is not just awesome its inspiring..how the spirit of a people was not broken but strengthened, not discouraged but motivated and not defeated or broke down but forged strong as steel, unbreakable and determined to show those who thought we couldn’t that we can, will and be the best at it. I got the message, feel the fortitude of people I may or may not be related to that shaped me all the same..to know this dark history and not want the brightest future is impossible..ah I could read this powerful message all day and still feel this drive..that is a stuff of legendary history..we rise." said.

" I read this quick nonfiction book after reading Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham because I wanted to learn more about slave life and slave quarters as that history plays such a big role in Latham's novel. A great fiction-nonfiction reading pair to share with students grades 7 and up. " said.

" I really enjoyed the photos and snippets from everyday life, but wasn't impressed with some parts where it seemed speculations on what people might have thought were presented as facts. " said.

" I really enjoyed the photos and snippets from everyday life, but wasn't impressed with some parts where it seemed speculations on what people might have thought were presented as facts. " said.

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