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Etched in Clay

The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet

by Andrea Cheng

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Sometime around 1815, an enslaved young man named Dave was brought to Edgefield, South Carolina, the center of a pottery-producing area known for the alkaline glazes used on the stoneware. Dave was taught how to turn pots and jars on a pottery wheel by one of his first owners. As Dave's talent flourished, he created pieces of great beauty and often massive size. He also somehow learned to read and write, in spite of South Carolina's strongly-held fear of slave literacy. And then Dave did something even more incredible—he began to sign his jars and carve many of them with sayings and poems that reflected his daily life and experiences. He spoke out against slavery not by protesting or revolting, but by daring to write at all. Andrea Cheng has crafted a biography in verse as beautiful as one of Dave's jars. In simple, powerful words, including some of Dave's original writings, we learn his extraordinary story of courage, creative inspiration, and triumph.

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Publisher: Lee & Low Books

Kindle Book

  • Release date: January 20, 2013

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  • ISBN: 9781600608933
  • Release date: January 20, 2013

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  • ISBN: 9781600608933
  • File size: 8004 KB
  • Release date: May 10, 2013

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ATOS: 5
Lexile Score: 790
Interest Level: 4-8(MG)
Text Difficulty: 3-4

Sometime around 1815, an enslaved young man named Dave was brought to Edgefield, South Carolina, the center of a pottery-producing area known for the alkaline glazes used on the stoneware. Dave was taught how to turn pots and jars on a pottery wheel by one of his first owners. As Dave's talent flourished, he created pieces of great beauty and often massive size. He also somehow learned to read and write, in spite of South Carolina's strongly-held fear of slave literacy. And then Dave did something even more incredible—he began to sign his jars and carve many of them with sayings and poems that reflected his daily life and experiences. He spoke out against slavery not by protesting or revolting, but by daring to write at all. Andrea Cheng has crafted a biography in verse as beautiful as one of Dave's jars. In simple, powerful words, including some of Dave's original writings, we learn his extraordinary story of courage, creative inspiration, and triumph.

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  • Details

    Publisher:
    Lee & Low Books

    Kindle Book
    Release date: January 20, 2013

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9781600608933
    Release date: January 20, 2013

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9781600608933
    File size: 8004 KB
    Release date: May 10, 2013

  • Creators
  • Formats
    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB eBook
  • Languages
    English
  • Levels
    ATOS: 5
    Lexile Score: 790
    Interest Level: 4-8(MG)
    Text Difficulty: 3-4