By Andrea Cheng
Someday round 1815, an enslaved younger guy named Dave was once delivered to Edgefield, South Carolina, the guts of a pottery-producing zone recognized for the alkaline glazes used at the stoneware. Dave used to be taught find out how to flip pots and jars on a pottery wheel by means of one among his first proprietors. As Dave s expertise flourished, he created items of serious attractiveness and sometimes large dimension. He additionally in some way discovered to learn and write, regardless of South Carolina s strongly-held worry of slave literacy. after which Dave did whatever much more very good he started to signal his jars and carve a lot of them with sayings and poems that mirrored his lifestyle and studies. He spoke out opposed to slavery now not via protesting or revolting, yet through bold to put in writing in any respect. Andrea Cheng has crafted a biography in verse as appealing as one in all Dave s jars. In basic, strong phrases, together with a few of Dave s unique writings, we examine his impressive tale of braveness, artistic suggestion, and triumph."