EPUB Ú Freeman By Leonard Pitts Jr. ☆ Leonard Pitts Jr.
Can American women who will help propel its likely critical acclaim to a wider audience At the same time this book addresses several themes that are still hotly debated today some 145 years after the official end of the Civil War Like Cold Mountain Freeman illuminates the times and places it describes from a fresh perspective with stunning results It has the potential to become a classic addition to the literature dealing with this period Few other novels so powerfully capture the pathos and possibility of the era particularly as it reflects the ordeal of the black slaves grappling with the promise and the terror of their new status as free men and women Freeman is a must read It is one of the strongest books on painful lives and given the pernicious and insidious racism that exists in the United States today given groups that are working to eradicate such attitudes attitudes too light a world This book is a must for people of white skin color; not to scold or nag but to get inside the screaming human condition that African Americans have dealt with for infinitudeI am solidly and insatiably a reader and have read volumes of incredible literature on race conditions Freeman pulls the reader inside the soul of the figures in the book I am older and white but by the time I was over 50% through the book; I hated whitesHate is not the object but I don't hate whites what I hate are the thickened veils of denial ignorance lack of compassion empathy and justice The time is now The time was now thenyesterday and a 1000 yesterdays but you can guess what I'll say next Read the book weigh in on itKudos to the author; it's a major triumph With love to all of humanity We are one We need to have that concept permeate our very beings
Leonard Pitts Jr. ☆ Freeman By Leonard Pitts Jr. READER
Freeman By Leonard Pitts JEs from the charred remains of his Mississippi farm into Arkansas in search of an undefined place that would still respect his entitlements as slaveowner and Confederate officerThe book's third main character Prudence is a fearless headstrong white woman of means who leaves her Boston home for Buford Mississippi to start a school for the former bondsmen and thus honor her father’s dying wishAt bottom Freeman is a love story sweeping generous brutal compassionate patient about the feelings people were determined to honor despite the enormous constraints of the times It is this aspect of the book that should ensure it a strong vocal core audience of Afri It is the end of the American civil war and slavery had just been abolished People were jubilantly dancing in the streets of America An era came to an end Although it was one of the purposes of the war to establish freedom for everyone nobody really seemed to grasp the real meaning of the concept Those who finally gained their freedom were the least prepared for it For most of them slavery was bad but peace brought much worse conseuences than ever envisioned You could say the battle was won but the war was not over and some of the optimistic celebrators did not know what was waiting on the other side For those who never knew freedom who were born in slavery the thought of freedom was a highly unsettling and frightening idea After all people were still white and other black And the whites still regarded the black people as something similar to dogs or horses Not human No not human at all In physical deportment intellectual capacity and moral integrity white men were set apart from all the other races of the world That includes your red man your yellow man and most certainly your black man”Bostonian Prudence Cafferty Kent's father warned her “When this war is finished when the Union is restored this government will do nothing for the colored man It will free him and then it will leave him to fend for himself in a hostile and resentful land It will reuire people like us people of means to fill in the gaps” In memory of her late father she decided to move down south and establish a school for the newly freed slave children in a building belonging to her father She wanted to make a difference She felt it was her calling Her husband gave his life to make a difference as well She had to carry on their visions and wishes But Prudence was an inexperienced and a simply stubborn mulish headstrong person who envisioned herself as the savior of many A person who thought that her wishes would become everyone else's commands What she found in the little town Buford Mississippi would not only drastically clear up her misconceptions about life and destroy innocent people's lives but will also make her realize how damaging her actions were for the inhabitants of Buford she tried to help We have lost our homes and other property We have lost our dignity and pride We have lost our way of life and we have lost our country By the holy God how much can you Northern people expect us to lose Would you have us surrender our sacred place in the very order of creation We will not meekly accept that We cannot if we wish to still consider ourselves white men You will not prop the Negro up as our social or political eual We will resist that with every means at our disposal Mrs Kent We will resist for a hundred years and ”The intolerance resentment bitterness and rebellion in the different groups are pushed to the limits with her arrival and the choices she made Sam Freeman fled the south and landed up in Phillidelphia working as an assistant in a library when the good news arrived about the end of the war He wanted to return to Buford to search for his wife Tilda whom he left behind fifteen years earlier It was a dangerous decision to make He made an oath when he fled the bondage of Mrs Louisa Prentiss down south that he will return for his wife when he managed to establish a new life up north He knew the time had come for him to go back to his roots in Mississippi He walked a thousand miles and to honor the promise he made to himself Tilda had her own story to tell It was a life of hardship and hell that did not end with the signing of the peace treaty since her 'owner' refused to give up his 'property' She had no desire or aspirations to leave her master The unknown and the uncertainty of a free life convinced her to stay be loyal and endure The known was intolerable but still better than the unknown Comments Fastidious Intense Convincing Excellent What a stroke of luck it was to choose this book as my first read for 2014 I often read Leonard J Pitt Jr's syndicated columns and had this book now for a few months stacked to be read I love his writing style so it was with excitement and joy that I opened this book last night and got goingAll I want to say is that it was an emotionally charged suspenseful read The plot the rawness of the events the scenery and historical details in the book kept me reading from beginning to end without taking a break I am not sure how well this book is received in the American psyche but I do wish people from all over the world can read it for the powerful message it contains about human dignity and respect and what people do to each other when one group so often violently is denying it to anotherThere is such a wealth of pathos character and deeply moving moments in the book There is the good the bad and the ugly But mostly there is an honesty of thought and intent rolled out in the rainbow of elouent prose I recommend this book to EVERYONE