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The Glory Field: April 1900
Transcript of The Glory Field: April 1900
American Civil War
Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
American Civil War
War Between the States
April 12, 1861- May 10, 1865
Union States- Northern States
Confederate States- Southern States
"The story went that Moses had led them into the field to pray, but that he was so filled with the joy of being able to look upon the people gathered around him, finally not having to share them with an overseer or a master, that he couldn't speak. After a long while, he lifted his arms to the heavens and called out, 'Glory!'" (41)
"'That's not just dirt out there,' Grandma Saran
had said. 'Somebody in our family has been working that land since we was first brought over here. We've been up and down these fields till we know them like we know our own hands. Back in slavery times it was us who sweated over those fields, bled over them, and Lord knows cried over them.'" (42)
“Elijah couldn’t be still... Not with the way Grandpa Moses and Grandma Saran had looked when he gave them the money. That was the way it was supposed to be, everybody excited and thinking about what they were going to be doing. He reached down and picked up a handful of dirt, saw the way it looked in the light part of his palm, and squeezed it as tightly as he could. It was Lewis land, and it would be Lewis land.” (71)
Ku Klux Klan
Sought to restore white supremacy
Formed by Confederate Soldiers in Civil War
Informally known as the Klan
Formed after the Civil War
Slaves chose their surnames after the Civil War
The work they did reflected some of the names
Names of their former owners
Names from historical and famous figures
Freeman and Cotton are examples of surnames
Popular from about the 1890s-1920s
Piano, orchestra, and brass band (jazz band)
Syncopated, swing music
Later developed into jazz music
Waves that bullied the boat such as this one to the right are very much alike from The Glory Field.
This song can relate to the Lewis family's situation, because they have accepted that their family is in a tight situation. It is also part of the same genre that Abby fantasizes about playing when he's older. The message the song offers, that of hitting hard times and that it happens to us all is how the Lewis family may have related to the song.
Elijah's families land
The Pele Queen
Happiness because the war is won and freedom is gained.
Glory Field is the place of celebration for the Lewis family.
The field represents hope and peace, as well as glory and joy.
The field is a major symbol of freedom for the Lewis family and other African Americans.
Grandma Saran and Moses are especially happy,
“‘It’s about going on. And looking for a better day. And that’s what you got to do. You a Lewis. And you got something in you what’s been passed down from generation to generation, from man to man. We come a long way, from them shackles to now, but we still got so long to go... Just don’t forget you’re a Lewis, and we’re family. I know you’re going to make that mean something.’” (75)
This song represents the stereotypical music of the era - the early 1900s - especially in how it fits the category of a black folk song. This particular song may have been one the Lewis family may have listened to and connected to, and why Abby adored this type of music and wanted to play it on the guitar when he got older.
This is a song that Elijah may have connected to perhaps later on in his life. Elijah may have connected to it because he left the life he new and loved to move to a big city - Chicago to support is family financially.
Importance of field to the Lewis family, especially Grandma Saran.
Ancestors worked hard in fields and dreamed of freedom and fairness.
The Lewis family does not want to give in; they want to keep the field as their own and avoid sharecropping.
The field symbolizes hope for equality and freedom.
As long as they have the field. there is still hope
Elijah is as determined as Grandma Saran to keep the field in the Lewis family's possession.
Elijah gave all of the $35 he earned for finding David to Grandma Saran to help pay taxes, showing his devotion and willingness to help.
Brave and bold; Elijah was determined enough to ask David's father for the money he was offered before setting out to find David.
The importance of family is explained by Grandma Saran to Elijah.
Their ancestors were brought to America in shackles and not understanding why they were being taken away.
They have gone a long way from those shackles and still have a long way to go.
Now that they are free, they can farm the field that has been worked by their ancestors for many years.
The bonds of family are extremely important to them and are stronger than any other bond.
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