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Author: Betty DeRamus Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781436142717
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Forbidden Fruit is a collection of fascinating, largely untold tales of ordinary men and women who faced mobs, bloodhounds, bounty hunters, and bullets to be together — and defy a system that categorized blacks not only as servants, but as property.

Here you’ll meet, among other extraordinary characters, a fugitive slave from Virginia who spends seventeen years searching for his wife. A Georgia slave couple that sails for England with federal troops trailing behind. A white woman who falls in love with her deceased husband’s slave. A young slave girl who is delivered to her fiancé inside a wooden chest.

Acclaimed journalist Betty DeRamus gleaned these anecdotes from descendants of runaway slave couples, unpublished memoirs, Civil War records, census data, magazines, and dozens of previously untapped sources. This is a book about people pursuing love and achievement in a time of hate and severely limited opportunities. Though not all of the stories in Forbidden Fruitend in triumph, they all celebrate hope, passion, courage, and triumph of the human spirit.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 9/30/2013

    " It was an interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbarawiley | 6/25/2013

    " Somewhat interesting and inspirational but began to be repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 9/17/2012

    " Very interesting and informative. Contains a lot of intriguing stories and what made it more interesting was the fact it was all true stories- real live happenings that contribute to the wealth of history about African Americans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 3/4/2012

    " Wonderful, well-researched book by one of my favorite journalists giving us a rare look into a little known or acknowledged aspect of our history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 6/8/2011

    " Very interesting and informative. Contains a lot of intriguing stories and what made it more interesting was the fact it was all true stories- real live happenings that contribute to the wealth of history about African Americans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbarawiley | 6/15/2008

    " Somewhat interesting and inspirational but began to be repetitive. "

About the Narrator

Richard Poe, a professional actor for more than thirty years, has appeared in numerous Broadway shows, including 1776 and M. Butterfly. On television he has had recurring roles on Star Trek and Frasier. His films include Born on the Fourth of July and Presumed Innocent. Poe is a well-known and prolific audiobook performer and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.