Day of Tears

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Day Of Tears
This book Day of Tears talks about slavery and how this one girl Emma who takes care of these two other girls named Sarah and Frances. Though one day Pierce Butler the father of Sarah and Frances Butler has too pay a debt for his gambling. Or else he could go too jail he pays off his debt by selling his slaves though he sold Emma to Miss Henfield in Kentucky because he got greedy with his money. This book talks about how Emma survived and escaped to freedom to Philadelphia and later moved to Novia Scotia in Canada this book also talks about the harsh times in slavery and how many have escaped or survived in slavery. Pierce Butler had to auction which was held over the span of three days was the largest slave auction ever held in the United States. History records that Butler owned an estimated 900 slaves. He was married to Fanny Kemble, a British actress who had no idea Butler owned slaves at the time of her marriage.This heartwrenching novel tells the story of the slave auction held by Pierce Butler, who needed to sell his "assets" in order to pay off his gambling debts. This auction which was held over the span of three days was the largest slave auction ever held in the United States. History records that Butler owned an estimated 900 slaves. He was married to Fanny Kemble, a British actress who had no idea Butler owned slaves at the time of her marriage. Butler attempted to dissuade Fanny from coming to Butler Island but eventually she would no longer be put off and was horrified when she saw the conditions of the slaves. She attempted to intercede for them without success. Unable to reconcile herself to the practice of slavery, Fanny eventually left Pierce and they were divorced. He was able to gain custody of their two daughters. Lester's novel tells the story of slaves, Mattie and Will, their only child, Emma. There are also several other characters who are part of the story including Rebecca and George who are runaway slaves, Joe who likes...
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