Much has been written about the physical release of four million enslaved people, but few books speak to the people’ s emotional evolution—especially the women. CRECIE’ S struggles begin the day the Union army invades the South Carolina Sea Islands and “ frees” the slaves. Indoctrinated by four generations of enslavement, she faces unique challenges when pressed with the conflicting demands of newly arrived whites: the military, cotton collectors, and abolitionists.
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