I found this to be a painful read especially at this time. Cora's journey from slavery to escaping it and being recaptured is told through her eyes, with short vignettes through the eyes of others whose lives intersected hers. I do not understand why there is so much hate based on skin color. While I hesitated to pick it up, once I did I was compelled to finish it. The words are powerful as are the actions of many on the question of slavery and life after slavery.