If you have not started reading The Secrets of Mary Bowser, perhaps the Memorial Day Weekend gives you an opportunity to take this rich and rewarding journey.
Below are comments from two Politics for the People members who have just started reading the book.
I’ve listened on audio tape to a very small piece of Lois Leveen’s book and her depiction of the life and work of Mary Bowser.
The beauty of Ms. Leveen’s prose about an ordinary Sunday juxtaposed against the horror and inhumanity of slavery…. To read about the ordinary lives of African Americans loving each other, is a joy…. even as their joyous times are cut short under the control of their slave masters. Ms. Leveen takes you into a moment of history without teaching, but inviting you in. Thank you!
Melissa Meyer is the Coordinator of International Programs at the East Side Institute in New York City.
I am enjoying this book although still halfway through.
Two things that I love about Mary is that she always listened as a child. By listening she was becoming educated to the politics of that time. She even continued doing this as an adult.
I also loved her relationship with her father. He loved her dearly and she loved him back. The book is full of these father daughter moments. Thanks Lois Leveen for giving the readers a different kind of story about slavery.
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The Secrets of Mary Bowser