A free woman of color in the 1830s, Margaret Morgan lived a life full of promise. One frigid night in Pennsylvania, that changed forever. They tore her family apart. They put her in chains. But they never expected her to fight back.
In 1837, Margaret Morgan was kidnapped from her home in Pennsylvania and sold into slavery. The state of Pennsylvania charged her kidnapper with the crime, but the conviction was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. It was the first time a major branch of the federal government had made a pro-slavery stand, and the ruling in Prigg v. Pennsylvania sewed the bitter seeds of the states' rights battle that eventually would lead to the Civil War.
Yet, the heart of this story is not a historic Supreme Court ruling. It is the remarkable, unforgettable Margaret Morgan. Her life would never be the same. Her family had been torn apart. Uncaring forces abused her body and her heart. But she refused to give up, refused to stop fighting, and refused to allow her soul to be enslaved.
About the author: Jessica McCann's work as an award-winning journalist has been published in Business Week, The Writer, and many other publications. All Different Kinds of Free is her first novel. Learn more about McCann online at www.jessicamccann.com.
©2011 Jessica McCann (P)2012 BelleBooks, Inc.
I think the listening time was well spent hearing that there was a black woman named Margret Morgan, who dared to fight back for her freedom. I think it was worth listening just to hear her story. But I would probably encourage you to read it on your own.
I felt like the dialect and language was not appropriate. I’ve read a lot of period novels and I’m always baffled with the way the English language has transformed over the years. But in this book I didn’t feel like the language transplanted me into Pennsylvania in the 1830s. I kept feeling like some of the dialect that was used by the slaves for instance at the Bean plantation was not quite right. Not even whites in the South used those words in those days (at least not in the ones I have read). I kept feeling like, “Margret wouldn’t say that”… As I mentioned previously this was just my impression, you may not agree.I just didn't feel like I was in Pennsylvania, Maryland or anywhere else in the South.
The narrator has a great voice but I felt like her rendition was a little too melodic and slightly disconnected from the character. I enjoyed the beginning, her ecstasy with freedom was very apparent and in my mind appropriate. However, when she started to discuss her anguish with losing her children it sounded much the same (her tone). I would have enjoyed the story more if the narrator would have abandoned her open mic performance. I don’t know that is just my opinion. You may thoroughly enjoy it.
Don't let my review deter you, see for yourself
The plot had a lot of potential, but this writer needs learn how to write a historical novel that doesn't sound like a deliberate history lesson. I'd read a 2nd novel by McCann just to see if she can deliver another intriguing story line.
THE NARRATOR WAS AWFUL
The author unfolds a remarkable story about the emotional trail of the characters. The story starts slow but provides realistic details necessary for the plot. The narration is good. I highly recommend the book to those who enjoy realistic historical fiction.
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