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All That She Carried : The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake

All That She Carried : The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles

Author: Tiya Miles

£12.99

Available on backorder

Format:Paperback

Page Count:416

Date Published:1 Feb 2024

ISBN:9781800818217

Synopsis

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION, LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION, NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, WINNER OF THE CUNDILL HISTORY PRIZE

In 1850s South Carolina, Rose, an enslaved woman, faced a crisis: the imminent sale of her daughter Ashley. Thinking quickly, she packed a cotton bag with a few items. 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. That, in itself, is a story. But it’s not the whole story.

How does one uncover the lives of people who, in their day, were considered property? Harvard 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. All That She Carried gives us history as it was lived, a poignant story of resilience and love passed down against steep odds.

‘An astonishing account of love, resilience and survival’ Sunday Times

‘A remarkable book’ New York Times

‘An extraordinary tale through the generations’ Guardian

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