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You may plow here : the narrative of Sara Brooks /
edited by Thordis Simonsen ; foreword by Robert Coles.
1st ed. --
New York : Norton, c1986.
222 p. : port. ; 22 cm.
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New York : Norton, c1986.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Carter G. Woodson Book Awards, USA, 1988 : Nominated
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-01:
This oral history is the narrative of a black domestic worker, recorded and edited by the son of her white employers. Sara, clearly a glad-hearted woman with an excellent memory, reminisces about a farm childhood in Alabama and the events leading to her 30 years of domestic service in Cleveland. Her family, poor but respectable, was part of a rural black society that had little direct contact with whites. Life was made up of hard work on the land, church meetings, and childhood escapades. Sara's memory for detail yields valuable historical material: how corn, cotton, and potatoes were planted; which plants made up home remedies; what children recited at school or sang at play. Though interest is not consistently sustained, Sara's voice comes through, resonant with a lifetime's experience. Laurie Spector Sullivan, Regis Coll. Archives, Weston, Mass.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1985-12-13:
This is a profoundly poignant yet triumphant book, a re-creation by an Alabama-born black of her struggle against racism and poverty while striving for the common dream of Americans: now in her mid-70s, Brooks lives in her own home, in Cleveland. Simonsen was a child of four when Brooks, then 36, went to work for his parents in their Cleveland household, and now he has edited her marvelously earthy ``narrative'' as a tribute. Brooks's rich recall of her childhood farm-life, her unhappy marriage and divorce from a ``no good'' cousin, her children (including two born out of wedlock), her jobs in factories and in white-folks' homes show her independence and spirit. Her memoir is the stuff of human pride made memorable in raw, homely vernacular. January 27
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Publishers Weekly, December 1985
Library Journal, January 1986
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