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The Emancipation of Robert Sadler
The Powerful True Story of a Twentieth-Century Plantation Slave
by Robert Sadler with Marie Chapian
Publisher:Bethany House imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published:01 January 2012
Originally published 1975
The ĎEmancipation Proclamationí was signed in 1863 and, theoretically, it freed all slaves in the USA. In reality, for thousands, it made little or no difference. Robert Sadler was born in 1911 and, in 1916 when he was just five years old, along with both his sisters, was sold into slavery by his own father for $85, and put to work on a cotton plantation owned by a callous and ruthless, yet supposedly Christian, plantation owner at Anderson, South Carolina.
Itís a story that recounts the tragedy and heart-breaking sadness of his slavery years, but also his ultimate experience of good triumphing over evil through the help of others and his developing Christian Faith. It is a gritty, raw and real-life story telling of the dark days of slavery, his quest for freedom (gained at the age of fourteen), and a determination to serve others borne out of his experience. Eventually moving to Ohio, Sadler travelled extensively sharing the Gospel and ministering mostly to his own black people at every opportunity. Itís a gripping story that once started, you wonít want to put down until itís finished.
Reviewer: Graham Wise (24/09/12)