The Slave Dancer (Audio Cassette)
Listening Library, 9780553476965
Publication Date: July 1, 1996
"Take up the pipe, Claudius," a voice growled near Jessie's bound head. "He's worth nothing without his pipe!"
Snatched from the docks of New Orleans, thirteen-year-old Jessie is thrown aboard a slave ship where he must play his fife so that captured slaves will "dance," to keep their muscles strong and their bodies profitable for their owners' use.
Jessie is sickened as he witnesses the horrible practices of the slave trade. But even those horrors can't compare to the one final event awaiting Jessie's witness. Can the cruelty to his fellow human beings be stopped? And will it be too late when it finally does stop?
In a stunning performance by Peter MacNicol, Paula Fox's enduring classic comes magnificently alive, with the seating truth about a period of American history we would otherwise most likely wish to forget.
Praise For The Slave Dancer…
"Fox has woven a spellbinding tale of suspense and survival that will horrify as well as fascinate..."
-- Library Journal (starred review)
"A story that movingly and realistically presents one of the most gruesome chapters of history, with all the violence, inhuman conditions, and bestial aspects of human nature -- exposed but never exploited in Fox's graphic, documentary prose."
-- Booklist (starred review)