Essay Day of Tears

697 Words May 28th, 2012 3 Pages
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
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These are all fictional characters who are used by Lester to bring out the story of the Weeping Time from the various viewpoints of the characters. This is well done, giving the reader a truly realistic perspective on what happened. Lester includes details such as the names and prices real slaves were sold for.

Mattie has been promised by Pierce Butler that he will not sell Emma. However, Emma is dearly beloved by Butler's oldest girl Sarah who has the abolitionist views of her mother and Frances who is more like her father. This bothers Pierce and he eventually breaks his promise with devastating results to himself. The novel presents an exciting and rewarding conclusion following the closing of the auction.On March 2 and 3, 1859, the largest auction of slaves in American history took place in Savannah, Georgia. More than 400 slaves were sold. On the first day of the auction, the skies darkened and torrential rain began falling. The rain continued throughout the two days, stopping only when the auction had ended. The simultaneity of the rain storm with the auction led to these two days being called "the weeping time." Master storyteller Julius Lester has taken this footnote of history and created the crowning achievement of his literary career.
Julius Lester tells the story of several characters including Emma, a slave owned by Pierce Butler and caretaker of his two daughters, and Pierce, a man with a mounting gambling debt and household to protect.

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