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Suck on the Marrow

Camille Dungy

Publication Year: 2010

Suck on the Marrow is a historical narrative, revolving around six main characters and set in mid-19th century Virginia and Philadelphia. The book traces the experiences of fugitive slaves, kidnapped Northern-born blacks, and free people of color, exploring the interdependence between plantation life and life in Northern and Southern American towns and illuminating the connections between the successes and difficulties of a wide range of Americans, free and slave, black and white, Northern and Southern. This neo-slave narrative treats the truths of lives touched by slavery with reverence but is not afraid to question the ways the old stories have too often been told. In addition to creating new stories, Suck on the Marrow develops new ways of telling those tales.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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Contents

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pp. 7-10

Epigraph

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pp. 11-14

Section 1. Jackson Farm Virginia1831 – 1848: Joseph Freeman

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pp. 15-16

The Trapper’s Boast

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p. 17-17

You are not the one Melinda sings her underbreath song to please

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pp. 18-20

From the Unwritten Letters of Joseph Freeman

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pp. 21-27

Survival

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p. 28-28

Section 2. Jackson Farm Virginia1848 – 1850: Molly & Shad

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pp. 29-30

Born on This Place

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p. 31-31

The Development of the Scientific Mind

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p. 32-32

The New Hand on the Place Sets His Sights on Molly

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p. 33-33

Sunday Morning

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p. 34-34

The Truly Inhumane Act, or Kindness

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p. 35-35

Taming Shad

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p. 36-36

Almost Like They Wanted It

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pp. 37-38

Abstinence

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p. 39-39

She Liked the Moving Things Best

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p. 40-40

Aspire

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p. 41-41

Code

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p. 42-42

Lesson

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pp. 43-44

Section 3. The Jennings House & Madame Jane’s Lynchburg, Virginia 1842: Rebecca & Dinah

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pp. 45-46

and thou shalt be called a new name,which the mouth of the Lord shall name

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pp. 47-48

Dinah in the Bedroom

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p. 49-49

At Madame Jane’s

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pp. 50-55

Pussy

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p. 56-56

Conditions of the Sale

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pp. 57-58

There Are Seven Things I Know, And None of Them Is You

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p. 59-59

Runaway ran away

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p. 60-60

Dinah in the Box

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pp. 61-62

Section 4. The Freeman House Philadelphia 1831 – 1844: Melinda Freeman

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pp. 63-64

The House Book, or a Manual of Domestic Economy: Fuel, Fires, & etc.

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pp. 65-68

Ring Hand

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p. 69-69

Complicit

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p. 70-70

Observation on the Return of Migratory Birds

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p. 71-71

Unravel and Weave

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p. 72-72

Turnbridge

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pp. 73-74

Section 5

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pp. 75-76

’Tis of thee, sweet land (a poem of found text)

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pp. 77-78

Section 6

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pp. 79-80

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Primer, Or A History of These United States (Abridged)

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pp. 81-86

The characters and narratives in Suck on the Marrow are fictional, true to the reality of how history proceeds. As the circumstances and sites depicted in our history are inspired by actual documents and facts (many of which are cited and glossed in the following pages), any resemblance to real people or events is not the least bit...

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About the Author

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pp. 87-88

Camille T. Dungy is the author of What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006), a finalist for the PEN Center USA 2007 Literary Award and the Library of Virginia 2007 Literary Award. Dungy has received fellowships from organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Cave Canem, Bread Loaf, the Dana Award, and the American Antiquarian...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093552
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597094689
Print-ISBN-10: 1597094684

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: First

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  • Freedmen -- Poetry.
  • African Americans -- Poetry.
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