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A study of African-American workers empowered and partly liberated by their skills.
“Brings to touching, disturbing light aspects of the complex economic and emotional relationships that existed between slave and master.” — Michael Dorris, Los Angeles Times
“Enriches our understanding of the human as well as the larger social and economic meaning of American slavery.” — Drew Gilpin Faust, New York Times Book Review
“Perhaps the clearest picture of slave life ever. . . . A big window on a world that shaped our own.” — David Shribman, Wall Street Journal
Short-Listed — Lincoln Prize, 1995