All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles - Book Review | Northshire Bookstore

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984854995
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Published: Random House - June 8th, 2021

In her detailed, heartfelt and heartbreaking analysis of "Ashley's Sack", the slave-era artifact passed down amongst three generations of enslaved women in South Carolina, Tiya Miles shines a blinding, microcosmic light onto the inhumane darkness of slavery in the "Old South". One fundamental truth revealed being how little history actually survives of slaves and their culture given that the keeper's of "American History" are, first and foremost, white Americans. While there are no known written records left by Ashley, her mother or her daughter, Miles brilliantly uses the simple text on the sack itself to piece together, bit by bit, from the historical record and the records of female slaves that did end up a part of our historical records, what it truly meant to be a slave and, specifically, a female slave in and around Charleston at the peak of this long, dark chapter in American history. It is not a pretty picture, but is a significant one that all Americans should make time to "view". ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine