Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts

Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, MassachusettsBlack Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts by Elise Lemire
Published by University of Pennsylvania Press on May 1st 2009
Pages: 232
ISBN: 0812241800
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I read this for my Concord-Carlisle book club. It was a very interesting and informative read. American History has taught us a lot about slavery in the South but I was astonished to read about Slavery in the North. I guess one could say that I was naïve. Looking back I knew slavery in the North occurred. Look at the Salem witch trials – The slave Tituba was being accused as being a witch. But I guess it never occurred to me that slavery happened in other parts of MA especially in an area that I lived in. . Henceforth the naiveté. Having said that, I knew of the location or could drive to many of the locations mentioned in the book. It made the topic feel even more real to me. I also never knew that Slaves fought in the Revolutionary War. They were sent by their owners to fight for them. That was one thing that stayed with me the most. We learn so much in American History but not nearly enough.

I really enjoyed this book. It felt a little long winded in parts. There were a lot of facts and sometimes it was hard to wade through all of them. But this book was a very worthwhile and educational read for me