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All that she carried : the journey of Ashley's sack, a black family keepsake / Tiya Miles.

Miles, Tiya, 1970- (author.).


Available copies

  • 16 of 32 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at John P. Webster Library - West Hartford.

Current holds

5 current holds with 32 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
John P. Webster Library - West Hartford E 445 .S7 M55 2021 (Text to phone) 30401147769156 Adult New Book Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1984854992 : HRD
  • ISBN: 9781984854995 : HRD
  • ISBN: 9781984854995
  • ISBN: 1984854992
  • Physical Description: 336 p. ;
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Summary, etc.:
"Sitting in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is a rough cotton bag, called "Ashley's Sack," embroidered with just a handful of words that evoke a sweeping family story of loss and of love passed down through generations. In 1850s South Carolina, just before nine-year-old Ashley was sold, her mother, Rose, gave her a sack filled with just a few things as a token of her love. Decades later, Ashley's granddaughter, Ruth, embroidered this history on the bag--including Rose's message that "It be filled with my Love always." Historian Tiya Miles carefully follows faint archival traces back to Charleston to find Rose in the kitchen where she may have packed the sack for Ashley. From Rose's last resourceful gift to her daughter, Miles then follows the paths their lives and the lives of so many like them took to write a unique, innovative history of the lived experience of slavery in the United States. The contents of the sack--a tattered dress, handfuls of pecans, a braid of hair, "my Love always"--speak volumes and open up a window on Rose and Ashley's world. As she follows Ashley's journey, Miles metaphorically "unpacks" the sack, deepening its emotional resonance and revealing the meanings and significance of everything it contained. These include the story of enslaved labor's role in the cotton trade and apparel crafts and the rougher cotton "negro cloth" that was left for enslaved people to wear; the role of the pecan in nutrition, survival, and southern culture; the significance of hair to Black women and of locks of hair in the nineteenth century; and an exploration of Black mothers' love and the place of emotion in history"--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Women slaves > South Carolina > Biography.
Ashley (Enslaved person in South Carolina)
Mothers and daughters.
Women slaves > Southern States > Social conditions > 19th century.
Slaves > Family relationships > Southern States > History > 19th century.
Middleton, Ruth Jones, 1903-1942 > Family.
African American women > Biography.
African American women > Family relationships.
Memory > United States.

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