American history is a trove of compelling yet largely forgotten stories of courage and ingenuity and principle. Among them is the story of one African American slave who, during the Civil War, showed his true courage.
And in 1994, historian and writer Louise Meriwether used that story as the basis for a novel called Fragments of the Ark , a work of fiction meant to add flesh and blood the the dry bones of history.
With the political tied turning the way it is now in many places in America, it’s more important than ever. That stories like this be preserved.
So here now, from 1994, Louise Meriwether.
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