This is an account of the years 1820 to 1865 in the life of Malindy, a freeborn Cherokee who was unlawfully enslaved as a child by a Franklin County, Missouri, farmer. Married to a freedman, Malindy gave birth to five children in slavery—creating a family she would fight her whole life to keep together. As a testament to Malindy’s iron will, her great-granddaughters MildreThis is an account of the years 1820 to 1865 in the life of Malindy, a freeborn Cherokee who was unlawfully enslaved as a child by a Franklin County, Missouri, farmer. Married to a freedman, Malindy gave birth to five children in slavery—creating a family she would fight her whole life to keep together. As a testament to Malindy’s iron will, her great-granddaughters Mildred Johnson and Theresa Delsoin have lived to share the story passed on through their family for generations—a story of courage, conviction, and love. In Malindy’s Freedom, Johnson and Delsoin construct a narrative that realistically re-creates Malindy’s world—the individuals she encountered, the crucibles she faced, the battles she won. The authors relied principally on census records, along with other primary and secondary sources, to document their great-grandmother’s experience as told to them by their grandmother. Malindy’s story of the “peculiar institution” of slavery is unique: it makes clear that the African American experience derives from Native American and European, as well as African, roots. The beauty of Malindy’s Freedom is the authors’ appreciation of their ancestors as human beings who did the best they could for their families under inhuman conditions. Edited by Stuart Symington, Jr., Malindy’s Freedom brings truth and humanity to one of American history’s darkest hours. Yet, as a tale of abiding faith and steadfast love for one’s family, Malindy’s story is the story of every family that has ever struggled to survive and has ultimately been the stronger for it....
|Title||:||Malindy's Freedom: The Story of a Slave Family|
|Number of Pages||:||220 Pages|
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Malindy's Freedom: The Story of a Slave Family Reviews
Read this in one day while we were traveling from KC to Murray State in Kentucky. Wow! What an incredible story of faith, determination, strong will and mindset!
Malindy Freedom is a good read. Maybe, I should not be writing this review because I am coauthor of this book which took 6 years to write with extensive research. It is the oral history passed down by my grandmother to my sister, Mildred Johnson, who passed it to me, Theresa Delsoin. The book covers the issue of slavery in the country. The genre is literary nonfiction. The book is a testimony to the strength and resiliency of an enslaved family who not only survived, but thrived under the peculiar institution of slavery. The book serves as a clarion for healing, reconciliation as the authors voice forgiveness for the slave owners who owed their ancestors.