Sapelo's People

A Long Walk into Freedom

William S. McFeely (Author, University of Georgia)

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"A searing metaphorical X-ray of a people battling to find space where they can become themselves. . . . I am deeply grateful for McFeely's magnificent effort of thought, empathy, scholarship and imagination." —Roger Wilkins, Los Angeles Times Book Review (front-page review)

In this moving and original work, William S. McFeely, one of this country's most distinguished historians, retells the history—and enters into the current-day lives—of the people who inhabit Sapelo's Island off the coast of Georgia, descendants of slaves who once worked its huge cotton plantations. It is at once a richly detailed work of historical reconstruction, a sensitive portrait of the lives of black Americans in this particular place and in our own time, and a moving meditation on race by a writer who has made its painful dilemmas his life's work as a historian.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 1995
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31377-2
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 200 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Raising historical writing to the level of art, McFeely tells with genuine respect an urgent and important story.” — Benjamin Griffith, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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