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Monday, February 06, 2006

Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl by Kate McCafferty--fiction

A young girl, Cot Daley, is kidnapped from Ireland in the mid seventeenth century to work as an indentured servant in the sugar fields of Barbados. Thirty years later she recounts her story of what it is like to be a virtual slave, her relationships with the African slaves, and the uprising of both groups against the plantation owners. I found the story pretty dry and tedious. I did not know that thousands of Irish were shipped to the West Indies, so it was interesting from an historical point of view.

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