"Everyone I interviewed for this book is now dead. Most died within a year of the interview. Left behind are weeks of tape-recorded conversations that have completely redefined my perspective on American history.
Before these talks, I had my own ideas of how the children of slaves grew up. I thought they might have trouble building strong bonds with their children or handing down anything other than the fear and hatred that remained from being considered someone else’s property.
After our talks, all those ideas changed.
They have been replaced with something more inspirational that has opened the door to an entirely new understanding of human behavior in the face of oppression and the unyielding strength that comes from unconditional love..."