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There have been numerous books about the why, when, and where of slavery in America, but there is a dearth of material exposing what slavery was actually like. In The Great Stain, researcher Noel Rae frames firsthand accounts from former slaves, slave owners, and even African slavers.
Rae exposes the commerce and culture of slavery, not only from an economic or moral standpoint but also through multitudinous perspectives within it: a young girl is beaten after being accused of stealing a piece of candy, a slave ship's surgeon recounts brutal treatment and squalid conditions, an Englishman visiting Haiti observes as violent uprisings break out. So many viewpoints ensure that no historical blind spot will leave the picture of an era incomplete.
The Great Stain weaves a tapestry of good and evil, of greed and kindness, and of a civilization as it develops, evolves, and continues to move toward the future. More than that, the listener will encounter the complex economic underpinning of an entire society based on the exploitation of the cheapest labor.
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By Ira S. Saposnik on 03-09-18
the great stain stays mainly on the plain
Is there anything you would change about this book?
the content the audio was too high, I could hear it
Has The Great Stain turned you off from other books in this genre?
Like what? Rumplestilskin?
What didn’t you like about Steven Crossley’s performance?
his voice sounds like the squeaky wheel that didn't get the grease
Was The Great Stain worth the listening time?
Oh sure, works better than Ambien
Any additional comments?
Blimey, this was bad
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