February 22nd, 2008

reading/writing, books

The Known World

I've been reading The Known World today, and I'm finding it very interesting. I'd known that there were blacks in the U.S. who owned slaves, but I'd never seen it discussed very much. I still don't understand it. The central character of this book is a former slave who himself owns slaves. Why would you do that? I get the impression that it was a slave/non-slave culture, and once you were not a slave, owning slaves made sense. It's what non-slaves did. At least, that's my impression so far. But I'm still confused.

Perhaps this book will answer my questions.
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