- Narrated by: Robin Miles
- Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
- Release date: 05-30-23
I Can’t Wait to Call You My Wife By Rita Roberts AudioBook Summary
This book honors the voices of African Americans of the Civil War era through their letters, inviting listeners to engage personally with the Black historical experience.
Amidst bloody battles and political maneuvering, thousands of African Americans spent the Civil War trying to hold their families together. This moving book illuminates that struggle through the letters they exchanged. Despite harsh laws against literacy and brutal practices that broke apart Black families, people found ways to write to each other against all odds. In this book, listeners will meet parents who are losing hope of ever seeing their children again and a husband who walks fifteen miles to visit his wife, enslaved on a different plantation.
The collection also includes tender courtship letters exchanged between Lewis Henry Douglass and Helen Amelia Loguen, both children of noted abolitionists, and letters sent home by the young women who traveled south to teach literacy to escaped slaves. Roberts’ expert curation allows listeners to see the wider historical context. The transcriptions are accompanied by reproductions of selected original letters and photographs of the letter writers.
FRESH ANGLE ON HISTORY: Roberts reframes the Civil War era by telling the story of American slavery through letters. And by focusing on the strong bonds of love that these letters represent, she offers a deeply human and relatable version of history.