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Malindy's Freedom: The Story of a Slave Family
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Malindy's Freedom: The Story of a Slave Family

Malindy, born a free Cherokee Indian, was unlawfully enslaved as a child by a Franklin County, Missouri, farmer. Married to a freedman, Malindy gave birth to five children in slavery-creating a family she would fight her whole life to keep together. As a testament to her iron will, Malindy's great-granddaughters, Mildred Johnson and Theresa Delsoin, have lived to share the story passed on through their family for generations-a story of courage, conviction, and love. The authors relied principally on census records, along with other primary and secondary sources, to back up their great-grandmother's stories. As a narrative of the "peculiar institution" of slavery, Malindy's story is unique because it makes clear that the African American experience derives from Native American and European, as well as African, roots. Edited by Stuart Symington Jr., Malindy's Freedom brings truth and humanity to one of American history's darkest hours. And yet, as a tale of abiding faith and steadfast love for one's family, Malindy's story is the story of every family that has ever struggled to survive, and has ultimately been the stronger for it.

"This is a tale powerfully told with narrative fluidity to introduce readers to a "real" story of slavery and is a good addition to the literature of slave narratives."
-Carolyn Earle Billingsly in
The Journal of Southern History

2005
232 pages, 30 ills. (est.), bibliography
ISBN: 1-883982-53-7, $29.95, hardcover
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