Where I'm Bound (Google eBook)
A former slave turned cavalry scout becomes a hero for an African-American cavalry regiment in the Civil War. But, as the war draws to an end, the soldier, Joe Duckett, embarks on his most dangerous mission yet-to return to the plantation from which he escaped to find his wife and daughter.
A Washington Post Notable Book. Also a winner of the First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
"The important story of black soldiers in the Union Army has finally found a writer of historical fiction equal to the occasion." James A McPherson, Professor of History, Princeton University
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
I like books that take me back in time and give me a different way of looking at that part of history, unlike textbooks from school, which is mostly just facts. This book was a powerful look into the civil war through the eyes of black soldiers. Interesting concept as the very thing they hated most in life, slavery, they were being forced to defend to keep by their owners forcing them into the confederate army. I could not even imagine what that must have felt like. That is one side of this story. The other side is on the union side where runaways and freed slaves fought voluntary. My heart goes out to the characters in this novel. I could never have raised a whip or sold children from their parents. Slavery was just wrong on so many levels. However, it makes me pause in my thinking. Although it is morally wrong in my modern way of thinking, if I had been born a 'southern belle', and that's how I was raised and all I knew, would I have still felt that way? I guess what I'm trying to say is, I have so much compassion and tears for those long dead who suffered from the injustice of slavery, but a part of me also finds a small tug for the white women and children who knew no other way but were also put through all the hardships brought on by the war. Many of who were trying to be good to those they were charged with some even going so far as to help them escape. An excellent book and very well written.
Review: Where I'm BoundUser Review - Goodreads
my professor wrote this book. great plot. intense.
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