SOULS OF BLACK FOLK IN THE US

REDMOND'S REVIEW is published weekly. Darren chooses each book of interest from lists that are free to read.

THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK

Souls are protesting in multiple countries while we speak. And, not all of these souls are black. In this week’s book review from the annals of REDMOND’S REVIEW, Darren felt it important to publish this book review in light of recent, historical events occurring in the United States, as well as, in many countries of the earth.

So, let us hope cooler heads prevail in the coming weeks, as the global economies slowly return to some form of normalcy.

W.E.B. DU BOIS

Penned in 1903, “The Souls of Black Folk” written by W.E.B DU BOIS, should immediately be placed in my opinion on the Mount Rushmore of books dealing with American history from the perspective of a sociologist.

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In this week’s REDMOND’S REVIEW, we learn of the view of the souls of black folk from W.E.B. Du Bois.

Specifically, the trifecta of first hand accounts, second-hand stories, and the use of music to enlighten the reader is incorporated into the telling the story of the tapestry of the black experience in America.

This is a book that resonates today, and is an extremely important work written into the fabric of American history.

This book, in my opinion, should be required reading for all who are in schools. If I ever was put into a situation to run a school system, I would add this to the curriculum.

For me, the anger, the sadness, the hope, and the causality, of much that still faces America today was brought to light in this masterful work written in 1903.

This is found free to read in literary domains.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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SOJOURNER TRUTH, A NARRATIVE

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SOJOURNER TRUTH

Sojourner truth is the subject of this week’s REDMOND’S REVIEW. A sojourner of truth, himself, Darren Redmond is the Executive Director of a regional non-profit organization dedicated to helping families in distress due to alcoholism and/or drugs. The organization turns away no one who wants to change their lives into one of happiness.

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“The Narrative Of Sojourner Truth” was written by Olive Gilbert, was published in 1850. She was born in the deep south of the US in 1797.

Redmond’s Review “ The Narrative Of Sojourner Truth” written by Sojourner Truth and Olive Gilbert originally published in 1850 tells the true story of Isabella, born around 1797 as a slave in the Deep South state of New York.

Much of this book takes place in Ulster county and Kingston, areas I used to visit growing up. Did you know for example that slavery was not outlawed in New York until 1828?

THE SLAVE TRADE IN THE 1800’S

Can you imagine being sold multiple times by the age of nine, and one time only if goats were part of the bargain? Or your sibling hiding under the porch at age 5 because he was to be sold? Then, trying to buy back your own child he has beaten and whipped so severely his skin was no longer smooth, Or a young woman is beat to death by a slave owners wife claiming to do it out of her love for Christianity.

As Isabella became free her love of God is a focus point of this book, and her belief in prayer. Specific request prayer.

This must read is free in the public record.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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MARTYRED ARMENIA REDMOND’S REVIEW

REDMOND'S REVIEW covers the historic revelations of a Muslim's accounts in "Martyred Armenia."

MARTYRED ARMENIA

“Martyred Armenia” is the object of this week’s REDMOND’S REVIEW.

This was written in 1916, by Faiz el – Ghusein, a Syrian-born Muslim who was a Turkish official at the time. He wrote of his first-hand accounts of the atrocities perpetrated upon the Armenian people.

This is a short book in the public domain of less than 200 pages. It gives dates, names and specifics to atrocities that were done to eradicate the Armenians. The author himself was thrown in jail by the Jon-Don for doing nothing more then transcribing these atrocities that he had seen.

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“Martyred Armenia” is an accounting of the deliberate murder of over 1.2 million Armenians by the Ottoman government from 1914-1923.

By his own estimate in 1916, he was able to tabulate through the use of the public records at the time. Over 1.2 million Armenians were butchered and murdered in just a few, short, horrible years. I wrestle with giving examples of the atrocities that he talks of. And, he gives names of those speaking their dying words and how they were left on the streets to die. But, I will give the reader the opportunity to learn for themselves, if they choose to do so by reading this book.

SUMMATION

What you will find interesting is to whom he points, rather than what country he points to some of the blame. Frankly, it is interesting where he places a lot of the blame for the atrocities against the Armenians. This foreign country he writes about gave the idea to the government to do this. And, only a few short decades later that same country committed a genocide of their own!

This is a very historic and interesting read from somebody who was they’re at the time of the Armenian Genocide. “Martyred Armenia” is available to read free on the public domain.

Written By: D. Redmond


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SAINT AUGUSTINE AND HIS CONFESSIONS

SAINT AUGUSTINE AND HIS CONFESSIONS

The book that I have just finished that I will review for you today, was written on or about the year 397 AD. Originally titled and meant to be read out loud such as Homer’s Iliad, ‘Confessions in 13 books’, later to be known as ‘Confessions by Saint Augustine’, gives the reader or listener, a wonderful insight into the teachings and what went into the teachings of Saint Augustine.

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Saint Augustine wrote his confessions around 397 A.D. Back then, most people would sit and listen while it was read to them.

It may be important to remind everyone, that this historic work, was not written at the end of St Augustine’s life. Rather, It Was written while he was in his forties.

This work deep in words and in meaning, covers the time of St Augustine’s early childhood youth and a time where he was a fervent believer in astrology, and covers his slow migration to the Christian faith.

For me some of the philosophical insights, covered in this masterful work, were how sins of youth, or of ambition, or of the need for societal inclusion, do not define us. Rather, the pursuit of God’s love and understanding is much more important in everlasting life, than focusing on times where we have come up short from God’s best.

We can be manipulated by the masses. When people look at our faults and hold that against us; well God loves us, forgives us, and wants the best for us.

SUMMARY

I found St Augustine’s writings on time, to be very interesting, as he goes a long way in solving the paradoxical dilemma; what about the time before there was God? What what was before God created the heavens and the Earth?

Briefly put, by definition; before there was time there still had to be time. It is much as we look at things as human beings today. As time is quickly passing by, but thinking that time was moving slowly when you were in the moment.

Time is both fluid and stagnant and can’t be both, but different at the same moment.

This is a slow read that causes the reader to sit, meditate and contemplate.

St. Augustine also gives a very clear message. It is where one can hold onto their beliefs, but respect with all earnest reference to somebody else’s different beliefs.

This book is free to read in the public record.

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Written By: Darren Redmond


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