Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad

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Simon and Schuster, 15. veebr 2005 - 288 pages
Forbidden Fruit is a collection of fascinating, largely untold tales of ordinary men and women who faced mobs, bloodhounds, bounty hunters, and bullets to be togetherand defy a system that categorized blacks not only as servants, but as property.

In the true love stories of Forbidden Fruit, you will meet sixteen couples who fought for love—love between slaves, between slaves and masters, and between slaves and free black folks. There is the fugitive slave from Virginia who spends seventeen years searching for his wife. A Georgia slave couple that sails for England with federal troops trailing behind. A white woman who falls in love with her deceased husband's slave. A young slave girl who is delivered to her fiancé inside a wooden chest.

Acclaimed journalist Betty DeRamus gleaned these anecdotes from descendants of runaway slave couples, unpublished memoirs, Civil War records, census data, magazines, and dozens of previously untapped sources. This is a book about people pursuing love and achievement in a time of hate and severely limited opportunities. Though not all of the stories in Forbidden Fruit end in triumph, they all celebrate hope, passion, courage, and triumph of the human spirit.

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Kasutaja arvustus  - lmcalister - LibraryThing

Interesting topic, unfortunately the author is not a very good writer. I hate when writers had way too much description to fill up the page. Wondering if these were originally articles published ... Read full review

FORBIDDEN FRUIT: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad

Kasutaja arvustus  - Kirkus

Thirteen heart-gladdening tales of love on the run in the time of slavery, assembled by award-winning journalist De Ramus.Not that they all ended happily; many of the lovers will die in these pages ... Read full review


Contents Book I The Rebels
Love in a Time of Hate
A Love Worth Waiting For
The Special Delivery Package
The Man Who Couldnt Grow a Beard
Even a Blind Horse Knows the Way
The Slave Who Knew His Name
Footprints in the Snow
Chased by Wolves
The Woman on John Littles Back
Angelines Blues
Suspicious Lynchings Passing for White
Hound Dogs Hate Red Pepper
The Schoolteacher Had to Duck Dead Cats
Guns and Pickles

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Page 242 - nigger trader" was loathed by everybody. He was regarded as a sort of human devil who bought and conveyed poor helpless creatures to hell — for to our whites and blacks alike the Southern plantation was simply hell; no milder name could describe it. If the threat to sell an incorrigible slave "down the river" would not reform him, nothing would — his case was past cure.

About the author (2005)

A veteran and award-winning journalist, Betty DeRamus was the jury's pick and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. She has been awarded a Michigan Press Association Award, as well as a Deems Taylor award for a profile of Roberta Flack published in Essence. DeRamus was one of an international group of select journalists who toured Central African refugee camps under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and one of a small group of journalists outside Verster prison in 1990 when Nelson Mandela finally left his cell. She has written about African American history for Essence, LIFE, North Star Journal, and Black World. She is a former commentator for The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The Michigan Chronicle, and the British Broadcasting Company.

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