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To Walk About in Freedom by Carole Emberton
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To Walk About in Freedom by Carole Emberton
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Mar 08, 2022 | ISBN 9780593608937 | 540 Minutes

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To Walk About in Freedom is truly a must read for anyone interested in seeing not only the nation’s racial past in a fresh light thanks to Emberton’s brilliant re-mining, re-excavation, re-reading, and re-interpretation of the lives of the newly freed, but also in being able to come to all previous renderings of it better informed and to view them with a far more critical gaze. —Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water

For Priscilla Joyner’s unsettling but moving story, Carole Emberton uses the historian’s tools to excavate the precious and deeply personal complexities of formerly enslaved people’s lives, including accounting for the multiple possibilities of family histories often shrouded in mystery. This is an important contribution to the history of families and freedom in post–Civil War America.—Kidada E. Williams, author of They Left Great Marks on Me

Priscilla Joyner’s ‘long emancipation’ is a story at once distinctive and collective, a story of the trials, tribulations, joys, heartaches, and struggles that paved the African American road out of slavery, a story of the intimacies, raw emotions, and unanswered questions that have long encased southern life. Carole Emberton tells Priscilla Joyner’s story with sensitivity and consummate skill.—Steven Hahn, Pulitzer-Prize winner and author of A Nation Without Borders

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