A story of love, resilience and freedom in the antebellum South

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They worked the fields at Placid Hall during the day, keeping their heads down and avoiding trouble.

But the nights became theirs — for love, for friendship, and sometimes, for celebration — all under the stars and behind the backs of those who enslaved them.

In his new book called "Yonder," Jabari Asim tells the stories of six men and women, five of them enslaved, and the plantation owners who "stole" them, in the words of the book. It is a brutal telling of struggle, love, toil and freedom.

Jabari Asim, also a professor of writing at Emerson College, joins us to talk about "Yonder."

This segment aired on January 19, 2022.

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