Jubilee

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Fiction - 497 pages
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Here is the classic--and true--story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress, a Southern Civil War heroine to rival Scarlett O'Hara. Vyry bears witness to the South's prewar opulence and its brutality, to its wartime ruin and the subsequent promise of Reconstruction. It is a story that Margaret Walker heard as a child from her grandmother, the real Vyry's daughter. The author spent thirty years researching the novel so that the world might know the intelligent, strong, and brave black woman called Vyry. The phenomenal acclaim this best-selling book has achieved from readers black and white, young and old, attests to her success.
  

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User Review  - Marianne Wells - Goodreads

Excellent book to read if you like pre and post Civil War history. Like Twelve Years a Slave, parts of Jubilee are difficult to read. I loved the book. Read full review

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User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

Very fine story based on a real life person, one that we can all admire. Read full review

Contents

Death is a mystery that only the squinch owl knows
3
Along the Big Road in Egypts land
18
Flee as a bird to your mountain
38
I am a poor wayfaring stranger
55
Cotton is king
58
Marse Johns dinner party
70
Cook in the Big House
81
Randall Ware
90
Pensive on her dead gazing
250
Confederate specie
253
General Sherman is in Georgia
259
Whats that I smell?
261
Well hang Jeff Davis from a sour apple tree
268
A noise like thunder a cloud of dust
276
The honor of this house
287
My name is Innis Brown
292

Springtime is sallet time
97
Wedding in the Big House and love in the cornfields
102
Fourth of July celebration
118
She has the letter R branded on her face
127
Harvest time
129
Theres a star in the East on Christmas morn
137
Freedom is a secret word I dare not say
148
Get a man to buy my time out
156
Put on mens clothes and a mans old cap
164
Seventyfive lashes on her naked back
171
Mine eyes have seen the Glory The CM War Years
175
John Browns body lies amouldering in the grave
177
This pot is boiling over and the fat is in the fire
184
The Vernal Equinox of 1861
188
Dont make them come and get you Volunteer
193
Well be back home before breakfast is over
199
They made us sing Dixie
208
ChickamaugaRiver of Death
213
Can you forge?
222
Down with the shackle and up with the star
228
Shall be forever free
231
Mister Lincoln is our Moses
241
Action at Olustee
245
What you waiting here for?
298
One more Christmas on the old home place
303
Forty years in the wilderness Reconstruction and Reaction
313
Two weeks in the wagon
315
Bound for Alabama
321
Wiregrass country in the Alabama bottoms
327
Forty acres and a mule
342
New land and higher ground
352
Brandnew house with windows from the mill
363
Bad luck and hard times
378
Ku Klux Klan dont like no Koons
389
Keep the niggers from the polls and well return to White Home Rulel
396
Burned out and running for our lives twice in a row
398
Dont look like free schools and land reform is ever coming
413
Wheres the money coming from?
418
reckon I can be a granny in a pinch
425
We got new neighbors now
436
Freedom dont mean nothing him allus driving and whupping me to workl
442
The blackest man I ever did see
460
What will happen to poor colored folks now?
470
Howdy and goodbye honeyboy
490
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Margaret Walker (1915-1998) was one of America's most popular and respected African-American writers and scholars. She first gained national recognition with the 1942 poetry collection For My People, a winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award. She was awarded the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship for her novel Jubilee, which became a national bestseller. Among the most formidable literary voices to emerge in the twentieth century, she will be remembered as one of the foremost transcribers of African American heritage.

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