Book cover of All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Milesby Tiya Miles

A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives.

“A history told with brilliance and tenderness and fearlessness.”—Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States

In 1850s South Carolina, an enslaved woman named Rose faced a crisis, the imminent sale of her daughter Ashley. Thinking quickly, she packed a cotton bag with a few precious items as a token of love and to try to ensure Ashley’s survival. Soon after, the nine-year-old girl was separated from her mother and sold.

Interview with the Author

Podcast art for The Extreme History Project: The Dirt on the PastThe Extreme History Project: The Dirt on the Past
All That She Carried with Tiya Miles
8/25/21          79 min

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