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All That She Carried

Tiya Miles

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE CUNDILL HISTORY PRIZE

'An astonishing account of love, resilience and survival' Sunday Times

'A remarkable book' New York Times
'An extraordinary tale through the generations' Guardian

In 1850s South Carolina, Rose, an enslaved woman, faced a crisis: the imminent sale of her daughter Ashley. Thinking quickly, she packed a cotton bag with a few items. Soon after, the nine-year-old girl was separated from her mother and sold. Decades later, Ashley's granddaughter Ruth embroidered this family history on the sack in spare, haunting language.

That, in itself, is a story. But it's not the whole story. How does one uncover the lives of people who, in their day, were considered property? Harvard historian Tiya Miles carefully traces these women's faint presence in archival records, and, where archives fall short, she turns to objects, art, and the environment to write a singular history of the experience of slavery, and the uncertain freedom afterward. All That She Carried gives us history as it was lived, a poignant story of resilience and love passed down against steep odds.

  • Classification : HISTORY
  • Pub Date : FEB 1, 2024
  • Imprint : Profile Books
  • Page Extent : 416
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9781800818217
  • Price : INR 999
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Tiya Miles

All That She Carried is a moving literary and visual experience about love between a mother and daughter and about many women descendants down through the years. Above all it is Miles's lyrical story, written in her signature penetrating prose, about the power of objects and memory, as well as human endurance, in the history of slavery. The book is nothing short of a revelation

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