A few summers ago, I got an e-mail that made me go, Say, What?!
It was from a librarian I’ve known for years, Sherelle Harris of Norwalk, Connecticut. What she sent was a short post about Sarah Rector, a name that did not ring a bell. But the more I read—I was hooked!
Hooked on a real-life, yes-it-really-happened, rags-to-riches story.
Hooked on a life that took me into historical terrain largely trampled underfoot, obscured, buried. Historical truths such as the fact that some Native Americans were slaveholders. To those who argue that Indian slavery was benign, not “real” slavery, well, why, during the Civil War, did men like Sarah’s grandfathers join Union forces?~ read more ~