I Thought My Soul Would Rise And Fly by Fernide Lafrance on PreziRSS Feeds. A few months after Congress ratified the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, life for Patsy, a freed girl, hasn't changed a great deal. She still lives on the plantation where she was raised since infancy and works in the house of her former master and mistress. Patsy is thought to be dim-witted by all those around her, because she has a stutter and walks with a limp. Little do they know that Patsy secretly taught herself to read and write by dusting the library while the children of the house were receiving their lessons.
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I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl
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What was it like to be a slave one day and be free the next? What do you do with that freedom when slavery is all you've known? How does it feel to be thought of as a slow dunce only to carry inside you a fire for learning, a love for books, and the secret that you can read and write? The idea for Hansen's addition to the Dear America series came to her while she was working on another book. She says, "A few years ago when I was writing a nonfiction book on Reconstruction, I read the diary of a woman, Emma Holmes, who had lived in Charleston, South Carolina, during and after the Civil War. In a May entry, she describes a servant girl, a former slave, named Ann.