I’m a big fan of this book. Thank goodness the entire trilogy is already published so I can get to books 2 and 3. In many ways, this is an uncomfortable book to read out loud. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it just consider yourself forewarned that reading about racism and slavery. It’s so ugly and yet it is our history.
Each chapter begins with a clip from a primary source, a newspaper article, a letter from a patriot or a British soldier, an excerpt from our historical documents. Those headings ground the chapter in history. Despite the subject matter, the writing is beautiful and the plot riveting. Many times I was about to put it down and continued on just because I couldn’t stand the suspense.
I just finished a post that will be published over at Sandbox to Socrates about classical education and how that includes reading hard things. Not just hard intellectually but hard emotionally. The history of America must continue to be read and remembered if only to remind us of mistakes we shouldn’t make again.
I borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library to read it as part of our homeschool studies.
Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy) Paperback – January 5, 2010