From "A Promise Moon" Chapter 3, page 24:

Rachel found a patch of wild onions on the morning of the second day. She forded the river late in the afternoon where an oxbow had formed. Cattails grew in the marshy lowlands left behind when the river changed course, and the base of the stems could be eaten raw if they were chewed long enough. She foraged enough food to chase away the hunger pains and chewed on wood sorrel to anesthetize the sores forming in her mouth from a poor diet. 

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From "A Promise Moon" Chapter 3, page 26:

A decrepit shack was all that was left of a slave quarters too ramshackle to tear down, the sort of dilapidated hovels unfit for humans but reserved for the field slaves. "Doghouses," the house slaves called them, reserved for the lowest of the low: slaves who labored alongside the other animals. These one-room shanties, three big steps wide by four steps long, housed two or three families. The roofs leaked, dirt floors became mud in the rainy season, and Southern Kentucky’s rainy season lasted most of the year. Daubing made from iron-rich clay soil filled the gaps. Red streaks formed on both sides of the walls when it rained. Peeling strips of bark from warped log walls gave the houses a tattered look and matched the clothes the slaves wore. 

Discuss the sub-standard living conditions that slaves had to endure. How did this affect their health?


A research grant to study slavery and the Underground Railroad in Kentucky inspired, "A Promise Moon." I alluded to, or drew inspiration from my findings as I wrote my latest novel which is set during the Civil War. RESEARCH FINDINGS

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