Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America

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Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth–Century America Reviewed by Mitzi Gatewood Turnage - LeMoyne Owen College, Memphis, Tennessee King, Wilma, (2011). Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America - Wilma King – 2nd Edition. Indiana University Press. ISBN: 978-0-253-35562-1 (cloth: alk. paper), ISBN: 978-0-253-22264-0 (pbk.: alk. paper) “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things, 1 Corinthians 13:11- King James Version. How incredible this bible verse sounds after reading Wilma King’s book, Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America. Equally incredible are the stories mentioned in this wonderfully written historical treasure. From this bible verse one can imagine that being a child, you were afforded the simplicities of a child’s life. As a child you can speak, understand, think and play like a child. As a child, you are not expected to be a man or to have the same responsibilities as a man. This bible verse refers to a time before the Transatlantic Slave Trade when being a child was joyful and playful time. But, after reading this book I was overwhelmed and shocked with the reality of life for the enslaved children and youth. The extensive research eliminates any myths that may linger from the lack of past historians not making the information available to average readers. The children of this book were treated like adults and/or livestock. There is no doubt that King want to set the record straight about African and African American children and their families. The enormous research arose concerning children, youth and adults captured during the Transatlantic Slave Trade Era after King’s last book, Stolen Childhood: Blacks in Disporia, therefore more information was needed to be examined and published. The percentage of
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