Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember Edited by Belinda Huemence

I picked this book up at a gift shop in Charleston, SC back in April.  The book is filled with the stories of former slaves who retell there times during slavery and after emancipation.  The original writings come from a project developed during the great depression to give writers jobs by having them go out across the south and gather these stories.  Belinda Huemence selected the stories of those specifically from South Carolina.

I picked up this book for two reasons. The first being that I love history and wanted to read it during my weekend visiting my parents in Charleston. And secondly the book is small, I believe is somewhere between 75 to 100 pages so it wouldn’t take long to read. I unfortunately was not able to read beyond the first chapter but this was only due to the fact that we were so busy during that weekend that I didn’t have the chance to sit down and read it.

My plan is to keep it in my purse because I almost always have a book with me at all times. I know I could easily finish it in a few hours and more than likely will have this read very soon.

Happy Reading,



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