“All Different Kinds of Free” by Jessica McCann

I give five stars to “all different kinds of free”, written by Jessica McCann was a winner of the Freedom in Fiction Prize.  One of my favorite authors, Sandra Dallas, said of this book:  “…gripping…this book tears at your heart.”

I totally agree with her comment.  This book tore a little piece of my heart each time I read about the degradation, hopelessness and total disregard for humanity that Margaret Morgan and her family experienced at the hands of “owners” and other persons who caused this woman and her family untold grief.  Even though this is a work of fiction, it is based on events that truly did happen in Maryland and Pennsylvania before the Civil War.  This event is a court case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, Prigg vs. Pennsylvania.  In this case the Supreme Court opinion invalidated a Pennsylvania law that prevented free blacks from being kidnapped and sold into slavery.

Margaret Morgan was a real person.  However, this fictional work told of a Margaret who fled slavery in Maryland, coming to Pennsylvania under the impression that she was a free woman.  She was married to a free black man and had children.  They lived in Pennsylvania for several years before she was kidnapped by Mr. Prigg and returned to slavery along with her children.  What follows in Margaret’s life is not to be believed.  My heart broke piece by piece as I read of her travails.  It is unconscionable that these actions took place in our country during the time of slavery.  I cringed each time these people were treated with less respect than the horses.  It makes sense that we in this time of history read about past times so that we make sure that actions like this never happen again.

You can contact the author at www.jessicamccann.com.

Amazon.com and Bell Bridge Books provided a free kindle copy to me in return for my honest review of this book.

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