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The Resource All that she carried : the journey of Ashley's sack, a Black family keepsake, Tiya Miles

All that she carried : the journey of Ashley's sack, a Black family keepsake, Tiya Miles

Label
All that she carried : the journey of Ashley's sack, a Black family keepsake
Title
All that she carried
Title remainder
the journey of Ashley's sack, a Black family keepsake
Statement of responsibility
Tiya Miles
Title variation
Journey of Ashley's sack, a Black family keepsake
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1850s South Carolina, an enslaved woman named Rose faced a crisis, the imminent sale of her daughter Ashley. Thinking quickly, she packed a cotton bag with a few precious items as a token of love and to try to ensure Ashley's survival. 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 bag in spare yet haunting language--including Rose's wish that "It be filled with my Love always." Ruth's sewn words, the reason we remember Ashley's sack today, evoke a sweeping family story of loss and of love passed down through generations. Now, in this illuminating, deeply moving book inspired by Rose's gift to Ashley, historian Tiya Miles carefully unearths these women's faint presence in archival records to follow the paths of their lives--and the lives of so many women like them--to write a singular and revelatory history of the experience of slavery, and the uncertain freedom afterward, in the United States. The search to uncover this history is part of the story itself. For where the historical record falls short of capturing Rose's, Ashley's, and Ruth's full lives, Miles turns to objects and to art as equally important sources, assembling a chorus of women's and families' stories and critiquing the scant archives that for decades have overlooked so many. The contents of Ashley's sack--a tattered dress, handfuls of pecans, a braid of hair, "my Love always"--are eloquent evidence of the lives these women lived. As she follows Ashley's journey, Miles metaphorically unpacks the bag, deepening its emotional resonance and exploring the meanings and significance of everything it contained. All That She Carried is a poignant story of resilience and of love passed down through generations of women against steep odds. It honors the creativity and fierce resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties even when official systems refused to do so, and it serves as a visionary illustration of how to reconstruct and recount their stories today"--
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Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
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Miles, Tiya
Dewey number
  • 306.3/62092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
E445.S7
LC item number
M55 2022
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print biography and memoir
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ashley
  • Middleton, Ruth Jones
  • Women slaves
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Women slaves
  • Slaves
  • African American women
  • African American women
  • Heirlooms
  • African Americans
  • Memory
  • Large type books
Label
All that she carried : the journey of Ashley's sack, a Black family keepsake, Tiya Miles
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Emergency packs -- Introduction: Love's practitioners -- Ruth's record -- Searching for Rose -- Packing the sack -- Rose's inventory -- The auction block -- Ashley's seeds -- The bright unspooling -- Conclusion: It be filled -- Sampler : a note on terms -- Little sack of something : an essay on process
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
645 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432898403
Lccn
2021061558
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)on1292531827
  • (OCoLC)on1292531827
Label
All that she carried : the journey of Ashley's sack, a Black family keepsake, Tiya Miles
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Emergency packs -- Introduction: Love's practitioners -- Ruth's record -- Searching for Rose -- Packing the sack -- Rose's inventory -- The auction block -- Ashley's seeds -- The bright unspooling -- Conclusion: It be filled -- Sampler : a note on terms -- Little sack of something : an essay on process
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
645 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432898403
Lccn
2021061558
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)on1292531827
  • (OCoLC)on1292531827

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