Sapelo's People: A Long Walk Into Freedom

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 - History - 200 pages
In this moving and original work, William S. McFeely, one of this country's most distinguished historians, retells the history‚€”and enters into the current-day lives‚€”of the people who inhabit Sapelo's Island off the coast of Georgia, descendants of slaves who once worked its huge cotton plantations. It is at once a richly detailed work of historical reconstruction, a sensitive portrait of the lives of black Americans in this particular place and in our own time, and a moving meditation on race by a writer who has made its painful dilemmas his life's work as a historian.

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McFeely, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of President Grant (1981) and acclaim for his more recent biography of Frederick Douglass (1991), offers a slender ``meditation on race'' in this ... Read full review

Sapelo's people: a long walk into freedom

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Civil War historian McFeely has long been drawn to Sapelo Island, Georgia, whose residents are descended from slaves brought there in the 19th century. Though he has written acclaimed works on great ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

McFeely has written the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Grant, as well as other important works of history. He lives in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

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