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  • Cane River

  • By: Lalita Tademy
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
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  • Story
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Cane River is an isolated community that lies on a small river in central Louisiana. There in the early 19th century, slaves, free people of color, and Creole French planters lived and worked, loved and bore children. And there, 165 years later, Tademy discovers her amazing heritage. Beginning with her great-great-great-great grandmother, a slave owned by a Creole family, Tademy chronicles four generations of strong, determined black women.

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  • This book and story was wonderful

  • By Courtney on 11-04-17

A beautifully told story of strong women...

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Reviewed: 03-19-17

This story has inspired me to learn even more about my family's history and to better understand the social dynamics that influenced and/or forced the decisions my ancestors made to survive, thrive and protect their families living in a caste system of white and "light" privilege. It helped me recognize how learned and institutionalized racial prejudice has been so devastating to every aspect of our social fabric, moral ethic and sense of humanity (past and present). By endorsing notions of superiority solely because of white skin, while demonizing any lineage that is of "non-white" origin, we breed contempt across cultures and more importantly within our own, with feelings of self-loathing instead of embracing our own individual beauty and unique diversity.

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