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Book Title: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865|
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Reader ratings: 6.6
The author of the book: Joyce Hansen
Edition: Live Oak Media (NY)
Date of issue: January 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9781595194763
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.83 MB
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I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy a Freed Girl is about a young African American girl, Patsy, who lived during the time when slavery was abolished after the Civil War.
The book was okay. I can see why I was attracted to reading this series when I was younger. The whole novel is written as a diary, and I felt like I was transported to the past. I would have felt like I got a glimpse of what actually went on during that time period. It is never too early to learn our history, and I think this gives a starting platform to ask questions about that time period for young children. I am not saying this novel gave an accurate depiction of what really went on during that confusing time. It was on the mild side, but the main character didn't venture out very far from the plantation to look at the unrest. Patsy did mention of the abuse some freed African Americans would endure if they didn't "follow the rules", but that was it. I understand we don't want to scare new learners, but I rather have the reality of what actually happened.
While reading I did see my "White Privilege." I absolutely hate the reality of this term. It just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I hate that all races were not equal. It makes no sense in my mind. We all came from the same organism, or from God. We are from the same species. It really boggles my mind, because one group of people thinks they are superior over another. What is wrong with you? How can I claim dominance over someone's life? It gives me a headache thinking that I, being white, can gain access to things that another race can't. Books for instance; African American communities didn't have the greatest book conditions to give their young ones. Children didn't have the best school conditions. Drives me nuts to think they had to content with those conditions. Come one, bullshit. No one would be content with that. Yes, nowadays it is a little bit better, but their is still work to be done. Institutional racism is still in our network, and it needs to be destroyed.
Before I just go on rant, and just become angry, let me change the subject. I thought the title was interesting: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly. It is about the feeling of freedom. What I thought was peculiar was the words 'I Thought'. In no way shape, or form African Americans were actually "free". Yes, they were taken away from the bonds of their former Masters and Mistress, but instead they were locked into a different world, where their rights were still held by another.
I liked at the end of diary there were black and white photos, and a historical note.
At the end of the day, I would give this book to my daughter to read. I would hope that she will ask the right questions, and would want to learn more about slavery, historical figures, the Civil War, and other things during that time. Like I said before, the novel gives a great platform to leap from. Happy reading everyone. Read my blog here: www.dancingbetweenthecovers.com
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Read information about the authorJoyce Hansen has been writing books and stories for children and young adults for over twenty years. Joyce was born and raised in New York City, the setting of her early contemporary novels. She grew up with two younger brothers and her parents in an extended family that included aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents, all living nearby in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.
Attending Bronx public schools, she graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1960. While working secretarial jobs during the day, Joyce attended Pace University in New York City at night, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then began her teaching career in the New York City public schools and earned a Master of Arts degree from New York University. She also taught writing and literature at Empire State College (State University of New York).
Joyce’s first children’s book, The Gift-Giver, published in 1980, was inspired by her own Bronx childhood and by her students. She continued to teach and write until retiring from teaching in 1995. Joyce Hansen presently lives in South Carolina with her husband and writes full-time.