This book is made up of excerpts from Susie King Taylor's actual diary. She was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1848, as a slave. When Susie was 6, she was able to go to a school taught by a freed slave. In April 1862, when the Yankees captured the island she was living on, the slaves were put under the protection of the Union fleet. The Captain, amazed that Susie could read and write, put her in charge of teaching school to the 40 children there.
When the first black regiment to fight in the Civil War was created, Susie served as their nurse. She wrote about trying to keep herself, and her patients, warm, and fed. She mourned the many that died from malaria, smallpox, typhoid, pneumonia, and dysentery.
After the war, she moved to the North. Years later, she returned to the South. From the injustices she experienced after the war, she realized that equality still had a long way to go. Her book was published in 1902, and she died in 1912.
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Date read: 4/13/2009