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All That She Carried

All That She Carried

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Author: Tiya Miles

South Carolina | c 1800 to c 1900 | Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900 | Social & cultural history | Slavery & abolition of slavery

Published on 1st February 2024 by Profile Books Ltd in the United Kingdom.

Paperback / softback | 416 pages, b/w integrated; 8pp plate section with colour photos
197mm x 130mm x 27mm | 338g

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTIONNATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER ~ NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ~ WINNER OF THE CUNDILL HISTORY PRIZE'An astonishing account of love, resilience and survival' Sunday Times'A remarkable book' New York Times'An extraordinary tale through the generations' GuardianIn 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.

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