Listened to this on audio and it was hard to keep track of all the characters and the time periods. Perhaps reading the book would have made this easier. I went through a period when I couldn't read enough or learn enough about the period of slavery in our country. Now I tend to find the subject heartbreaking and this book was even more so, black people owning slaves themselves...I just thought 'how could you' as I also tried to relate to the times they were living in. An impressive work about a very deep subject.