A Slaveholder's Daughterby Belle Kearney
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Miss Belle Kearney, the writer of this book, belongs to an old, conservative, Southern family. She was born on a plantation near Vernon, Mississippi, and was educated in her native state. A few years were spent in the gay society of the times, but the changed social and economic conditions that followed the civil war led her to a nobler, more useful life. When quite young she became a teacher and for six years was ranked among the successful educators. In 1889 she was called to enter the lecture field and has since risen to be one of the most logical, brilliant and popular speakers upon the American platform. Her public life has made her an extensive traveler; carrying her into Canada, Europe, and throughout the United States from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico. In the years of varied experiences that have come to Miss Kearney, she has made a deep study of humanity and the problems of life; this has caused her to be looked upon as one of the leaders of thought in the nation.
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I found this book to be enlightening. The author tells her perspective of being a child during the civil war and coming of age during the reconstruction period. She gives an intelligent assessment of being a woman in the deep south. Among other issues, it expresses her opinions of the political situation of the post Civil War period. Throughout the story her pride in being from the south is demonstrated. She gives her perspective on the African American society. It is my opinion that although she uses the terminology of the era, she expresses a respect and admiration for the African American as both slaves and a free people. She talks of the hardships the slaves endured, and the confusion that reigned in the south following the war. The latter half of the story speaks of her work in the temperance movement of the late 1800's. The format for copying these books often make them hard to read. I only found one small section where I could not make sense of what was copied.If you enjoy journals,diaries and memoirs like I do, it is a good read.
There are alot of typos but still worth the read