Hester is the story of an actual slave and is anchored in fact. It is also an unusual and even remarkable example of race relations that, though begun in the awful days of slavery, worked on some level and continue to do so. After terrible experiences, Hester found sanctuary and a measure of peace with her last owners, the Parrotts, and she and their daughter, “Missy Mary,” stayed in touch after the Civil War until Mary died.
The book is also very much the story of two amazing Duplin
County, North Carolina, women—“Maude” (the author) and “Hester” (the subject of Maude’s book), one White and one Black. Their lives were and are curiously and wonderfully intertwined.
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By Leon I Graham
Aug 23, 2013
Maude Smith has written the most vivid dialect that was spoken from that period of life in Eastern North Carolina . It is an accurate account of life as a slave and after the Civil War and during the 1930;s If you were a farm person during this period and worked the fields along the side of African Americans you can see that she has written in a manner that you can hear the words as they spoke them . I thought about Longfellow," Not in the clamor of the crowded street, but from within thyself are triumph and defeat." You will enjoy this factual story of pathos for all of us during this period of time. Leon I Graham
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