Held and Firmly Bound

Held and Firmly Bound In Held and Firmly Bound Nathalie Anderson explores the implications of a family document a statement of indebtedness between the races in pre Civil War Charleston How has a white Carolinian come to

  • Title: Held and Firmly Bound
  • Author: Nathalie Anderson
  • ISBN: 9781942081104
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Held and Firmly Bound, Nathalie Anderson explores the implications of a family document a statement of indebtedness between the races in pre Civil War Charleston How has a white Carolinian come to owe a substantial sum to Betsey Garrett, identified on the document as a free person of color How today do we respond to the document s resonating phrase, holding the debtIn Held and Firmly Bound, Nathalie Anderson explores the implications of a family document a statement of indebtedness between the races in pre Civil War Charleston How has a white Carolinian come to owe a substantial sum to Betsey Garrett, identified on the document as a free person of color How today do we respond to the document s resonating phrase, holding the debtor held and firmly bound to repay that debt Anderson s poems investigate variations on these themes, inviting readers to find reflected in these circumstances our own longing, terror, perplexity, magnanimity, and shame.

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    1. I loved Held and Firmly Bound. This collection is very short, broken into three sections--two of which are sequences of poems, the last a single piece. The book begins by showing a document Anderson got from her family, which records a debt of $2400 from a white man to a free Black woman in Antebellum Charleston. The first sequence is a series of speculative poems about the various reasons that a white family might owe such a large sum to a Black woman in a period when slavery was widespread in [...]

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