Wednesday, August 10, 2011

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY: Cecelia and Fanny: The Remarkable Friendship between an Escaped Slave and her Former Mistress by Brad Asher

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Bloggers get a chance to share the books they are eagerly anticipating. Here's mine!

"I hope Cecelia you are happy; much happier than when you were my property."
Fanny to Cecelia, March 1852


I can’t wait to hold wonderful this book in my hands. According to Amazon, its release date is September 21. (I already know it’s wonderful because my husband wrote it!)

Brad and I both love history, but he’s always been the true historian. He writes nonfiction, US history and this is my favorite book of his so far.

Here’s the blurb from the publisher (University Press of Kentucky):

Cecelia was a fifteen-year-old slave when she accompanied her mistress, Frances "Fanny" Thruston Ballard, on a holiday trip to Niagara Falls. During their stay, Cecelia crossed the Niagara River and joined the free black population of Canada. Although documented relationships between freed or escaped slaves and their former owners are rare, the discovery of a cache of letters from the former slave owner to her escaped slave confirms this extraordinary link between two urban families over several decades.

Cecelia and Fanny: The Remarkable Friendship between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress is a fascinating look at race relations in mid-nineteenth-century Louisville, Kentucky, focusing on the experiences of these two families during the seismic social upheaval wrought by the emancipation of four million African Americans. Far more than the story of two families, Cecelia and Fanny delves into the history of Civil War–era Louisville. Author Brad Asher details the cultural roles assigned to the two women and provides a unique view of slavery in an urban context, as opposed to the rural plantations more often examined by historians.

You don’t have to take my word for it. It’s one of the Library Journals two picks for Fall on African American History.

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  1. Wow, this sounds like an awesome read! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Looks great...congrats to him on the publication!

  3. This sounds like an excellent book! Congrats to your husband. I am definitely adding it to my wishlist. Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm a new follower of your blog:)