9780395924952

Jubilee

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  • ISBN13:

    9780395924952

  • ISBN10:

    0395924952

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-01-21
  • Publisher: Mariner Companies, Inc.

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Summary

Here is the classic--and true--story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress, a Southern Civil War heroine to rival Scarlett O'Hara. Vyry bears witness to the South's prewar opulence and its brutality, to its wartime ruin and the subsequent promise of Reconstruction. It is a story that Margaret Walker heard as a child from her grandmother, the real Vyry's daughter. The author spent thirty years researching the novel so that the world might know the intelligent, strong, and brave black woman called Vyry. The phenomenal acclaim this best-selling book has achieved from readers black and white, young and old, attests to her success.

Author Biography

Margaret Walker (1915-1998) was one of America's most popular and respected African-American writers and scholars. She first gained national recognition with the 1942 poetry collection For My People, a winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award. She was awarded the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship for her novel Jubilee, which became a national bestseller. Among the most formidable literary voices to emerge in the twentieth century, she will be remembered as one of the foremost transcribers of African American heritage.

Table of Contents

I. Sis Hetta's Child---The Ante-Bellum Years
Death is a mystery that only the squinch owl knows
3(15)
Along the Big Road in Egypt's land . . .
18(20)
``Flee as a bird to your mountain''
38(17)
Brother Zeke: ``I am a poor way-faring stranger''
55(3)
Grimes: ``Cotton is king!''
58(12)
Marse John's dinner party
70(11)
Cook in the Big House
81(9)
Randall Ware
90(7)
Springtime is sallet time
97(5)
Wedding in the Big House and love in the cornfields
102(16)
Fourth of July celebration
118(9)
She has the letter ``R'' branded on her face
127(2)
Harvest time
129(8)
``There's a star in the East on Christmas morn''
137(11)
Freedom is a secret word I dare not say
148(8)
Get a man to buy my time out
156(8)
Put on men's clothes and a man's old cap
164(7)
Seventy-five lashes on her naked back
171(6)
II. ``Mine eyes have seen the Glory''---The Civil War Years
``John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave''
177(7)
This pot is boiling over and the fat is in the fire
184(4)
The Vernal Equinox of 1861
188(5)
Don't make them come and get you! Volunteer!
193(6)
We'll be back home before breakfast is over
199(9)
They made us sing ``Dixie''
208(5)
Chickamauga---River of Death
213(9)
Can you forge?
222(6)
Down with the shackle and up with the star!
228(3)
Shall be forever free
231(10)
Mister Lincoln is our Moses
241(4)
Action at Olustee
245(5)
Pensive on her dead gazing
250(3)
Confederate specie
253(6)
General Sherman is in Georgia
259(2)
What's that I smell?
261(7)
``We'll hang Jeff Davis from a sour apple tree''
268(8)
A noise like thunder...a cloud of dust
276(11)
The honor of this house...
287(5)
My name is Innis Brown
292(6)
What you waiting here for?
298(5)
One more Christmas on the old home place
303(12)
III. ``Forty years in the wilderness''---Reconstruction and Reaction
Two weeks in the wagon
315(6)
Bound for Alabama
321(6)
Wiregrass country in the Alabama bottoms
327(15)
Forty acres and a mule
342(10)
New land and higher ground
352(11)
Brand-new house with windows from the mill
363(15)
Bad luck and hard times
378(11)
Ku Klux Klan don't like no Koons
389(7)
Keep the niggers from the polls and we'll return to White Home Rule!
396(2)
Burned out and running for our lives twice in a row
398(15)
Don't look like free schools and land reform is ever coming
413(5)
Where's the money coming from?
418(7)
I reckon I can be a granny in a pinch
425(11)
We got new neighbors now
436(6)
Freedom don't mean nothing, him allus driving and whupping me to work!
442(18)
The blackest man I ever did see
460(10)
What will happen to poor colored folks now?
470(20)
Howdy and goodbye, honey-boy!
490

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