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The Lost German Slave Girl: The Extraordinary True Story of Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom in Old New Orleans | John Bailey
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A fascinating exploration of slavery and its laws and an unforgettable portrait of a young woman in pursuit of freedom. Reads like a legal thriller (The Washington Post). It is a spring morning in New Orleans, 1843. In the Spanish Quarter, on a street lined with flophouses and gambling dens, Madame Carl recognizes a face from her past. It is the face of a German girl, Sally Miller, who disappeared twenty-five years earlier. But the young woman is property, the slave of a nearby cabaret owner. She has no memory of a white past. Yet her resemblance to her mother is striking, and she bears two telltale birthmarks. In brilliant novelistic detail, award-winning historian John Bailey reconstructs the exotic sights, sounds, and smells of mid-nineteenth-century New Orleans, as well as the incredible twists and turns of Sally Millers celebrated and sensational case. Did Miller, as her relatives sought to prove, arrive from Germany under perilous circumstances as an indentured servant or was she, as her master claimed, part African, and a slave for life? The Lost German Slave Girl is a tour de force of investigative history that reads like a suspense novel. Bailey keeps us guessing until the end in this page-turning true courtroom drama of 19th-century New Orleans . . . [He] brings to life the fierce legal proceedings with vivid strokes. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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#bluebayou immediately brings to mind a favorite city of mine, New Orleans. This is the fascinating tale of a woman rediscovered in NOLA 25 years after she went missing. She‘s been sold into slavery and doesn‘t recall her life as a white person.

I thought this was riveting and I hope to reread it.


LeahBergen I liked this one, too. 👍🏻 9mo
Lizpixie This song is bringing up all the Louisiana references!👍❤️ 9mo
Cinfhen Sounds fabulous ~ obviously not the slavery part 😛 9mo
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