Jane, founder and former executive director of the Vermont Folklife Center, is the author of Daisy Turner’s Kin, An African American Family Saga, based on sixty interviews with the daughter of slaves.
Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a multigenerational saga spanning two centuries, played out across three continents. The saga was related to Jane Beck by Daisy Turner, who had listened to her father, Alec Turner, recount stories of the family past.
Her captivating narrative covers the early 19th century British-African trade, shipwreck, birth of a biracial child, slave trading, enslavement, plantation life, escape, Civil War, moving north, battling racism, buying land and settling on a hilltop in Vermont that became a family center.
Daisy also shared her own life story, a powerful and rare account of the African American experience in New England from the 1880s forward.
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Jane Beck explores the use of the recorded interview, reflecting on why people tell stories, what they mean to individuals, and examples of how they are used.
Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a powerful and rare account of the African American experience in New England from the 1880s forward.