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An Introduction to The Book of Negroesby Lawrence HillLawrence Hill's stunning novel, The Book of Negroes (published in the U.S. as Someone KnowsMy Name ), tells the story of Aminata Diallo, an African girl abducted into slavery and takento the American South in the mid-1700s. Determined, resourceful and resilient, Aminatasurvives decades of bondage and crippling losses with her indomitable spirit intact.The author began thinking about writing this novel back in 1982, after reading James Walker'sThe Black Loyalists , a history of the American blacks who served the British during theAmerican Revolutionary War . The British rewarded these people with the promise of land inNova Scotia, but the harsh racism they encountered drove many of them to abandon Canadafor life in Sierra Leone.Lawrence Hill was astonished to learn that about a third of the passengers who sailed toSierra Leone had actually been born in Africa. They had been enslaved in America, foundfreedom in the northern colonies, travelled to Canada and eventually returned to Africa, allin the course of a single lifetime.With The Book of Negroes, Hill brings together two popular literary traditions. One is theslave narrative, in which blacks recount their journey from bondage to freedom. The other isthe Victorian novel, à la Charles Dickens, with its well-crafted, picaresque plot; vivid, oftenlarger-than-life characters; mysterious coincidences; and examination of social ills of the day.
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