Hired Out (Paperback)

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America Murphy was a slave as was her bi-racial mother. They were owned by her father, Jeremiah, who operated a livery stable in mid-nineteenth century Lexington, Kentucky. Working from Jeremiah's three room dwelling, America assisted her mother as laundress for her father's clients.

America wished to read to enhance her status as a respected black servant, wondering how anyone could gain information by looking at a piece of paper. Nevertheless, with the help of Uncle Eli, she suggested that she could earn more money for her father and likewise educate herself by learning from books and papers. Following his own inquiries, Jeremiah negotiated a contract to lease America as a house slave. She was hired out.

Her journey as a rented slave began in 1854. Along the way, she earned the gratitude of slave owners and their children. Using her intelligence and kindness, she allied herself with fellow servants. She frustrated a would-be kidnapper and stymied another assailant. America learned to read between the color lines. Her budding romance with Jerry, a literate slave, survived hiring leases to three slaveholders and offered hope for the future when they jumped the broom in 1859.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781951985479
ISBN-10: 1951985478
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing
Publication Date: July 24th, 2020
Pages: 238
Language: English

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