Alan Cheuse on 'Song of Slaves in the Desert'

Monday, March 28, 2011

The history of slavery is interwoven with the history of America, but what most of us learn about in school is the history of white settlers. And even in that white history, there are particular characters — mostly Dutch and Anglo-Saxon Protestants. Not Catholics, and certainly not Jews. But that may be about to change. A new novel called “Song of Slaves in the Desert” centers on a slave family and its owners, who are Jewish. It’s written by Alan Cheuse, the novelist and George Mason University professor who you might know as the books reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered.


Alan Cheuse

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Kateri A. Jochum and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

anna from new york

Of course, it's a campaign. Yesterday, our dear favored demagogue (Cornel West, of course) insisted that "our brothers", Arab dictators under unfair attacks" when it's Jews who are to blame for everything and ordered "good" Jews (who aren't actually Jews) join him in this wonderful campaign. He's, of course, a fighter and is willing to fight Hitler. Dear beloved Cornel, you don't have to fight Hitler (he's dead), but why don't you fight your brother Louis (Farrakhan) and other sickly antisemitic brothers (not to mention your own evil inclinations), before you order your Jewish "brothers" to serve you.
dr anna

Mar. 28 2011 10:17 AM
anna from new york

Poor editing. I meant:
"Are charming Arab dictators replacing lost federal revenue, OR it's just innate bigoted expression?

Mar. 28 2011 07:46 AM
anna from new york

" But that may be about to change"
I think you are saying that my tax money goes to diversion of attention from real issues this nation is facing to .... Jews. In reality, there were few Jews involved in slave trade (unlike countless African blacks and of course non-Jewish whites), and slave ownership, but that FICTION in book (and radio) form will change HISTORY.
Nice. I have a sense that NPR is starting a new antisemitic campaign. Are charming Arab dictators replacing lost federal revenue, just it's innate bigoted expression.

Mar. 28 2011 07:44 AM

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