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Nslavement and her father's life in Vermont in short the range of life events large and small transmitted by means so alive as to include voice inflections Beck at the same time weaves in historical research and offers a folklorist's perspective on oral history and the hazards and uses of memory Publication of this book is supported by grants from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and the L J and Mary C Skaggs Folklore Fund Vermont Fol Electing Judges uses of memory Publication of this book is supported by grants from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and the L J and Mary C Skaggs Folklore Fund Vermont Fol

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Daisy Turners Kin

Of oral history Beck uses Turner's storytelling to build the Turner family saga using at its foundation the oft repeated touchstone stories at the heart of their experiences the abduction into slavery of Turner's African ancestors; Daisy's father Alec Turner learning to read; his return as a soldier to his former plantation to kill his former overseer; and Daisy's childhood stand against racism Other stories re create e Daisy Turne

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A daughter of freed African American slaves Daisy Turner became a living repository of history The family narrative entrusted to her a well polished artifact an heirloom that had been carefully preserved began among the Yoruba in West Africa and continued with her own century and of life   In 1983 folklorist Jane Beck began a series of interviews with Turner then one hundred years old and still relating four generations Jane C Beck


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  1. says:

    Jane C Beck founder of the Vermont Folklife Center has preserved the remarkable journey of one African American family from the shores of West Africa to the hills of Vermont Daisy Turner's stories covered 178 years of her family history her father's stories dating back to his father's life in Africa Beck spent several years interviewing Daisy resulting in the 1990 Peabody Award winning documentary film Journey's End Memories and Traditions of Daisy Turner and Her FamilyAfter Daisy's death Beck continued her research investigating the authenticity and recorded history behind the stories Daisy's father Alexander Alec Turner 1845 1923 told tales of the family history every night after dinner His father Alessi was the grandson of a Yoruban chief His mother was a European woman who survived a shipwreck off the coast of Nigeria Alessi traded with Europeans; around 1830 traders kidnapped him After a torturous and eventful passage he landed in America and was illegally sold into slavery to the wealthy and sporting Jack Gouldin of Port Royal Virginia Gouldin made Alessi his champion in boxing and cockfighting Alessi married Rose who was Cherokee and was knowledgeable in herbal remedies Alec felt a strong connection to the Gouldin family; he later named his daughter for the kind granddaughter of his master But he longed for liberty During the Civil War he ran away when he was fourteen and took the name Turner He was mentored by surgeon and Northern Abolitionist Ferdinand Dayton As contraband Alec could not join the army but worked as Dayton's personal servant and orderly carrying wounded men from the field of battle to the hospital After the war Dayton helped Alec get an education and found him employment Alec fell in love with a frightened newly free fourteen year old refugee Sally Early and she became his wifeAlec's work took him to a slate mine in Maine and to the lumber mills of Grafton Vermont where he established bought land and built his house He employed the knowledge gained from his plantation life patterning his home on the Gouldin manorThe Turners were extraordinary people Alec had pride and charisma and ingenuity He was resourceful and his strength was legendary His work ethic and honesty garnered respect from white society He held a deep Christian faith and taught his children to face trials with contentment and understanding The Turner women were also hard working proud and upright Alec's wife Sally has a strength beyond imagining And she could write poetry Daisy learned her facility with words from her parents; she could recite from memory improvisational poems she had created years before Turner heirs include Rev Veronica Lanier the first African American Baptist minister in New England During the 20th c the family demanded euality under the law and continued to break down racial barriers The Turner family will amaze readers


  2. says:

    Daisy Turner was the daughter of freed African American slaves Daisy Turner became a living repository of history The family narrative entrusted to her Her grandfather was a member of the Yoruba in West Africa who came to the US as a slave His mother was actually a white British woman who was in a shipwreck off western Africa She had a child Daisy's grandfather who she taught to speak English His story and hers and her extended family's story was entrusted to her They author was able to interview her and research her story This is an incredible story of slavery and perseverance


  3. says:

    Vermont Folklorist Jane C Beck met Daisy Turner the Vermont daughter of African American freed slaves near the end of Ms Turner's long life Beck was granted many interviews with Turner and they became friends The result is Miss Daisy's dream The preservation of the saga of the Turner family their African roots and their long sojourn in New EnglandPerhaps only a folklorist could have undertaken this project Miss Daisy's mind was sharp and her recollections were vivid yet sometimes seemed fantastical Beck was able to verify many people places and incidents and she understood the essential truth of the entire story Those interested in African American history will thank her for her contribution as will those whose interest is New England and particularly Vermont history


  4. says:

    What a surprising pleasure We live part time in Grafton Vermont so since the author was coming to Grafton to talk about this book it was incumbent on me to read it I started grudgingly and was almost immediately caught up in this remarkable story Daisy Turner is still a much talked about presence in our little village because she lived much of her life on the 150 acre farm on the top of Bare Hill a short ways outside of Grafton Her father Alex had come there shortly after the Civil War and raised his family there The research on this book back to Africa is exacting and the family tales are astonishing After reading the book Carol and I climbed up to the old Turner homestead at the top of Turner Hill Road and found the one remaining 1901 cabin which is now going to be preserved and added to the African American Heritage Trail


  5. says:

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest reviewAn engaging oral history of the Turner family from slavery to freedom Jane C Beck has preserved Daisy's stories as told to her by Daisy at 100 years of age A true gem this story deserves to be read over and over again Recommended


  6. says:

    I really really enjoyed this book but then too I am into genealogy and history Oral history though it may be exaggerated always has some truth to it and is a great stepping stone to finding the past This woman was a treasure trove of history


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