All That She Carried By Tiya Miles

All That She Carried By Tiya Miles

In 1850s South Carolina, an enslaved woman named Rose faced a crisis: the imminent sale of her daughter Ashley. Thinking quickly, she packed a cotton bag for her with a few items, and, soon after, the nine-year-old girl was separated from her mother and sold. Decades later, Ashley’s granddaughter Ruth embroidered this family history on the sack in spare, haunting language. 
Historian Tiya Miles carefully traces these women’s faint presence in archival records, and, where archives fall short, she turns to objects, art, and the environment to write a singular history of the experience of slavery, and the uncertain freedom afterward, in the United States. All That She Carried is a poignant story of resilience and love passed down against steep odds. It honors the creativity and resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties when official systems refused to do so, and it serves as a visionary illustration of how to reconstruct and recount their stories today.

My Thoughts:

This is such a powerful and emotional read. If your into American History this is a good read for you. It is in the 1850’s in America in the time of slavery. We follow the journey of Rose and her daughter Ashley who has been sold for slavery. We see what each other go through on their horrific journey. It was very eye opening to read about and also very sad. This is one story that is hard to review because it was so very sad. I feel as though I have learnt things I never knew about that era.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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