Freeman Freeman the new novel by Leonard Pitts Jr takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln Upon learning of Lee s surrender Sam a run

  • Title: Freeman
  • Author: Leonard Pitts Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781572846999
  • Page: 399
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  • Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln Upon learning of Lee s surrender, Sam a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war torn South What compels him on thiFreeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln Upon learning of Lee s surrender, Sam a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war torn South What compels him on this almost suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind 15 years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all belonged At the same time, Sam s wife, Tilda, is being forced to walk at gunpoint with her owner and two of his other slaves from the charred remains of his Mississippi farm into Arkansas, in search of an undefined place that would still respect his entitlements as slaveowner and Confederate officer.The book s third main character, Prudence, is a fearless, headstrong white woman of means who leaves her Boston home for Buford, Mississippi, to start a school for the former bondsmen, and thus honor her father s dying wish.At bottom, Freeman is a love story sweeping, generous, brutal, compassionate, patient about the feelings people were determined to honor, despite the enormous constraints of the times It is this aspect of the book that should ensure it a strong, vocal, core audience of African American women, who will help propel its likely critical acclaim to a wider audience At the same time, this book addresses several themes that are still hotly debated today, some 145 years after the official end of the Civil War Like Cold Mountain, Freeman illuminates the times and places it describes from a fresh perspective, with stunning results It has the potential to become a classic addition to the literature dealing with this period Few other novels so powerfully capture the pathos and possibility of the era particularly as it reflects the ordeal of the black slaves grappling with the promise and the terror of their new status as free men and women.

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    1. Leonard Pitts Jr.

      Leonard Pitts, Jr was born and raised in Southern California and now lives in suburban Washington, DC, with his wife and children He is a columnist for the Miami Herald and won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, in addition to many other awards He is also the author of the novel Freeman Agate Bolden, 2012 , Before I Forget Agate Bolden, 2009 the collection Forward From this Moment Selected Columns, 1994 2009, Daily Triumphs, Tragedies, and Curiosities Agate Bolden, 2009 and Becoming Dad Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood Agate Bolden, 2006.In a career spanning 35 years, Leonard Pitts, Jr has been a columnist, a college professor, a radio producer and a lecturer But if you ask him to define himself, he will invariably choose one word WRITER.He is a writer, period.In 2004, Pitts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer in 1992 In 1997, Pitts took first place for commentary in division four newspapers with a circulation of over 300,000 in the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors Ninth Annual Writing Awards competition His recent columns on the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman have garnered much attention from his peers and readers alike Click here to read the archive of columns by Leonard Pitts Jr Pitts column, We ll Go Forward From This Moment, an angry and defiant open letter to the terrorists, circulated the globe via the Internet It generated upwards of 30,000 emails, and has since been set to music, reprinted in poster form, read on television by Regis Philbin and quoted by Congressman Richard Gephardt as part of the Democratic Party s weekly radio address He is a three time recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists Award of Excellence, a five time recipient of the Atlantic City Press Club s National Headliners Award and a seven time recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award.Leonard Pitts refuses to be predictable or to rest on his considerable laurels He is funny when you think there s not a smidgen of humor to be found, enraged at the very moment we thought we no longer cared, and he shakes us up just when we re so certain we have it all figured out In other words, he makes us better for having read him What a gift In sparse, often electric prose, Pitts challenges us to be bigger than we thought possible, and then shows us how to get there Connie Schulz, Cleveland Plain Dealer

    588 thoughts on “Freeman”

    1. This book will stay in my mind and heart for a long, long time It is, without a doubt, painful to read the post Civil war period was bloody and brutal, and Pitts does not hold back the level of assault on the bodies and minds of those who lived through this period But the heart of the book is the inability of even the cruelest of institutions to crush humanity Loyalty, persistence, passion, redemption, compassion, and above all, love and hope these qualities persist And healing physical, but im [...]


    2. Too often people assume that when a war ends the trouble stops, the problems are over That is far from true It took over a century to begin to fix the Civil Rights problem that was supposedly resolved with the conclusion of the Civil War in 1865 This book is an excellent study on what life was like for the blacks in the years following the Civil War This book is all about how the Dixie Southerners continued to view the colored Views did not change overnight It is also about how the blacks viewed [...]


    3. This was a heavy book and I m not referring to the weight because I read it on a Nook I m talking about the weight of emotion that powered through me as I read the heartbreaking things that take place There was a particular scene where I was just bawling and I had to put my Nook down and continue reading the next day Much good that did me because I bawled again a couple of pages later Some other GR friends have commented that Isabel Wilkerson s The Warmth of Other Suns The Epic Story of America [...]


    4. I know I m in the presence of fine writing if I find myself studying how the author achieved a passage s clarity and rightness, its emotional weight And I know I m in the presence of a great story if I cry over it I experienced both as I read Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr a narrative of the lives of three former slaves, a Yankee woman and her adopted African American sister at the end of the Civil War A Pulitzer prize winning newspaper columnist, Pitts unfolds dramatic scenes and dialogue that so [...]


    5. It is the end of the American civil war and slavery had just been abolished People were jubilantly dancing in the streets of America An era came to an end Although it was one of the purposes of the war to establish freedom for everyone, nobody really seemed to grasp the real meaning of the concept Those who finally gained their freedom were the least prepared for it For most of them slavery was bad, but peace brought much worse consequences than ever envisioned You could say the battle was won b [...]


    6. If one has a grounding in African American history, than much of this book will not be new or fresh ground That is not to say a knowledge of African American history is necessary to enjoy this novel, on the contrary You will be educated and moved by the story of AAs struggling after emancipation There are three concurrent journeys taking place in Freeman Sam Freeman, Tilda and Prudence.Through the story of these three, one really has to examine what is the right way to respond to sudden freedom [...]


    7. Freeman is a must read It is one of the strongest books on painful lives, and given the pernicious and insidious racism that exists in the United States today, given groups that are working to eradicate such attitudes, attitudes too light a world This book is a must for people of white skin color not to scold, or nag, but to get inside the screaming human condition that African Americans have dealt with for infinitude.I am solidly and insatiably a reader, and have read volumes of incredible lite [...]


    8. Publisher summary Freeman takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln Upon learning of Lee s surrender, Sam a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war torn South to find his wife, whom he has not seen in 15 years At the same time, a headstrong white woman of means misnamed Prudence leaves her Boston home for Buford, Mississippi, to [...]


    9. You know you become emotionally involved in a novel when a scene is so heartwrenching that you just have to close the book or in my case, shut down my kindle , get yourself together, and pick it up a day later when you re ready to continue I had a few of those moments while reading Freeman The Reconstruction era in America was not the happy ending that many would have liked it to be and I m sure many former slaves never expected would happen anyway and it is described in vivid detail in this nov [...]


    10. If you do nothing else this year, you must read this book Should be required reading for all Americans, especially those who continue to insist that the Civil War was about states rights not slavery As my husband always responds, Yeah, states rights to own slaves Pitts does an exceptional job of recreating the end of the Civil War, making it so clear that the war was far from won and that the battle against those who have the belief in white superiority and a natural, God given world order in wh [...]


    11. I loved this book What do you do when you learn you are free for the first time in your life The Civil War has ended and Leonard Pitts cast of characters find themselves in different circumstances For Sam it means leaving the safety of Philadelphia where he as lived several years as a Freeman, educated, and with a job, to set out for Mississippi to find his wife whom he hasn t seen in fifteen years.For Ben it means finding his wife and daughter Other nameless people wander through the story look [...]



    12. Originally published at Reading RealityI bought this book from because I read Leonard Pitts columns religiously On a so called average day, he s always good On his best days, and he has quite a lot of them, he knocks it out of the park Unfortunately, all too many of his best writing has been brought on by the most painful events in this country s recent history, such as the massacre at Newtown.I wanted to see what he d do with a novel.Some things are the same Freeman is also about a painful even [...]


    13. So glad I decided to read this book after seeing it on display for Black History month and I feel enlightened, empowered and saddened after reading which is definitely the mark of a great book as I know it will stick with me foreverThis is at the heart an agonizing love story for the ages of the depth of love and the real meaning of Corinithians verse that speaks of Love never failing,I gained such an appreciation for what it means to lose someone you love and what you would do to get them backT [...]


    14. There s a plethora of novels that take place during the Civil War but there are few that take place right after it ended For that reason, I m glad that I read Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr His column in the Miami Herald is syndicated in many newspapers including The Chicago Tribune so I am familiar with his perceptive, articulate writing When I saw his book, I was eager to read it.The story begins the day after the Civil War ends Sam, a free man living in Philadelphia, hasn t seen his wife in 15 [...]


    15. Leonard Pitts creates an amazing journey of three souls in the post Civil War south This is the heartbreaking story of what happens shortly after the emancipation of the slaves in 1865 Sam, a runaway slave travels 1000 miles looking for the woman he left behind when he escaped Prudence ironically named due to her rash decisions and explosive temper , travels south to open a school for the newly freed colored with her a colored girl that was raised as her sister Tilda, Sam s forlorn wife, struggl [...]


    16. Well written historical fiction in the period right after the abolishment of slavery and the assassination of President Lincoln Very hard to read at times for its graphic depiction of man s inhumanity to man, but I persevered glad I did The characters of Ben and Prudence, and others, were not stereotypical in any fashion Pitts did use some stereotypical characters I believe for economy of language There were many strong characters and Sam s journey provided a great setting The title says it all [...]


    17. Excellent Gripping Heart wrenching Will leave you with thoughts of this time in our nation s history long after the final page is turned.



    18. Harrowing and beautifully written one of those books where you know you re hearing from a writer who not only has a vast vocabulary, but knows how to arrange it decoratively on a page Sam is a slave who falls in love and marries another slave Tilda Their slave master teaches Tilda to read, Tilda teaches Sam, and this popular Bible verse becomes their couple thing Love is long suffering it aboundeth in kindness The verse sort of explains most of the book actually But when Sam tries to run away, h [...]


    19. Freeman is a superb novel of post Civil War There are many wonderful and unforgettable characters in the book It is truly a splendid read.Sam Freeman, a runaway slave who once fought in the union army has decided to leave his safety in Philadelphia and head out on foot towards the war torn South in search of his wife, Tilda Sam and his son, Luke, had left Tilda behind some 15 years ago to charge towards freedom Not getting very far, Sam and Luke were captured only to have Luke try to run off and [...]


    20. Love never fails 1 Corinthians 13 8I hate love stories I loathe the unrealistic betrayal of a fantasy type whimsical tale of the perfect love affair, that results in the standard happily ever after conclusion I was hesitant to read this book as a result of the implications of a love story included within the description of the novel, but decided to purchase it due to the inclusion of the historical accounts of the post antebellum era in America, which I enjoy reading Boy was I wrong This book is [...]


    21. FREEMAN is a fantastic book Readers will highly empathize with the well developed characters History buffs fascinated by the Civil War time period will be enthralled Those who take great interest in this nation s troublesome history of race relations will be deeply drawn in, and on numerous occasions will shake their head at the realization that centuries old truths stubbornly remain valid to this day Those in eternal search for bittersweet love stories should immediately add Freeman to their re [...]


    22. Merged review Leonard Pitts Jr used wonderful insight telling the story in the novel, Freeman The war between the Union and Confederacy is over, but hate rages like wild fires burning Buford, Mississippi at its roots.Now free after fighting in the war, Sam Freeman, the protagonist, is obsessed with the need to find his wife, Tilda He has not seen her for 15 years and strikes out on a journey to find her His love and search for Tilda is one of the driving forces in the novel the love, determinati [...]


    23. This is the longest book I have ever read Well, not really, but it certainly felt like the longest book I have ever read There are a lot of slave narratives out there with characters that pop out of the page, and the story is told so masterfully that the true horrors of slavery haunt the reader all the way down to their bones This is not one of those books In Freeman adorable children and one of the main characters die horribly, and this is only after one of the other protagonists loses his arm [...]


    24. FREEMAN is the story of the south following the end of the Civil War Mr Lenard Pitts does an extradinary job of capturing feelings, motives,actions, and emotions of both ex slaves and ex slave owners during this period The story centers on the character, Sam an ex slave , who is in search of his wife also a slave whom he has not seen in 15 years.This book was an incredibly insightful journey for me Yes, it was extreemely painful at times, but it was also so uplifting to experience the iron like [...]


    25. An informative and deeply disturbing book It was all about post Civil War and how the newly free slaves had to deal with their new freedom in the hostile South They faced all types of obstacles their ex masters angry about the war and rebels upset about the change They had no money, no land and most of them could not read or write They were treated less than humane before and after the war The suffering in this novel was unbearable Thank goodness I wasn t living 147 years ago We should all thank [...]


    26. Absolutely outstanding literature When you finish the last page, close the book, then close your eyes and let a sob sigh escape.you know it s good.



    27. This beautifully written novel begs a question I had never thought about before What happens the day after the Civil War ends, when people who have been slaves their entire lives are suddenly free Free The word rattles in her thoughts, untethered, unattached, unconnected to any thing she has ever known or lived before Free What does freedom mean Through eloquent writing and compelling characters, Pitts explores the many forms freedom, or lack thereof, can take physical, mental, and emotional Whi [...]


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