Day of Tears

Day of Tears

A Novel in Dialogue

Book - 2005
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In this masterpiece of historical fiction, award-winning novelist Julius Lester tells the story of Emma--a slave of Pierce Butler and caretaker of his two daughters--and Pierce, a man with a mounting gambling debt and household to proect. Emma wants to teach his daughters, one who opposes slavery and one who supports it, to have kind hearts. Meanwhile, in a desperate bid to survive, Pierce decides to cash in his 'assets' and host the largest slave auction in American history. And on that day, the skies open up and weep endlessly on the proceedings below. Using multiple voices, ranging from those of slaves to free blacks, of slaveowners to abolitionists, Julius Lester has transformed a little-known event in American history into a heartbreaking and powerfully dramatic epic on slavery, and the struggle to affirm humanity in the midst of it.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2005.
ISBN: 9780786804900
Call Number: LESTER
Characteristics: 177 p. ; 20 cm
Subjects: Historical fiction.
Georgia -- Fiction.
Slavery -- Fiction.
Racism -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Coretta Scott King Award.


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