Next Book Club Meeting: Thursday, August 9 @ 12pm-1pm & 6pm-7pm
This discussion has been created to allow the readers of TheProgression Book Club to share thoughts on “Day of Tear” by Julius Lester. Below, I have listed 3 topics that I would love for each of you to share your detailed opinions on. Feel free answer all 3 topics or just the options you prefer. Thank you!
1.) The author makes it clear to us that Emma and Pierce Butler’s daughters were very close. At times, Frances is referred to as being like her father while Sarah is compared to her mother. [A] What do you think about Frances attitude, at first, towards Emma when Emma is sold to another owner? [B] How would you have reacted if you were Emma, and Pierce Butler were trying to hand you a silver dollar as you left the plantation? [C] Lastly, do you think Frances was wrong for wanting to follow her fathers footsteps as a plantation owner? Why?
2.) At the Henfield plantation, readers were introduced to Sampson. Sampson was completely comfortable with his position in slavery because of what he experienced in Alabama at a previous plantation. [A] Why do you think Sampson is wrong/right for wanting to avoid freedom and work for Mistress Henfield? [B] In order for the family to make it out of the barn, there was a serious conflict between Charles and his father Sampson where he had to punch him. What other options, if any, did Charles have that night that could have had a better result in your opinion? [C] When the baby died in the rain, Winnie placed the blame on Charles and Charles blamed Joe. Do you think losing your child is a sacrifice you would pay for your family’s freedom?
3.) The author never revealed what happened to the parents of Emma. Slavery separated so many families in its time. [A] What would you have done if someone tried to sell your daughter to another family? [B] When Joe and Emma relieved they needed a first and last name they decided to name themselves after Mr.Henry. Was that a good idea? What would you have named yourself? [C] At the end of the book Emma tells her granddaughter about how Joe went to fight in the war and never returned. Forgetting all the other torment and sorrow Emma has been through in her life, could you have died a peaceful death knowing your husband/wife was a casualty to the war for your freedom?
4.) What is the ONE most valuable idea, statement, virtue, history lesson or lifeskill you took from this book?