Tademy, Lalita "Cane River" - 2001
“This is history never before told. Lalita Tademy brings to life four vivid and remarkable generations of African-American women from her family's past, beginning in slavery, sweeping through the Civil War, and into the pre-Civil Rights South.”
I am a fan of American history and I am a fan of women's history. This book combines both. Lalita Tademy describes the different lives of four of her ancestors, the first one born into slavery, the last one born into "freedom", all of them having children with white men. I liked the way these women's lives were described with all the problems, African-Americans had during those times.
Personally, I know a lot of Americans and I know these problems are not over, yet. Maybe that's what makes this book so great, to see how things have been in the past and get a view about how things can hopefully develop in the future until we are all just human beings and not part of a certain race.
We discussed this in our book club in March 2003.
Lalita Tademy also tells the story of her father's ancestors in "Red River". You really should read it after this one.