Bottom Rail On Top

I literally just finished Battle Cry Of Freedom. Incredible book. Perhaps the best I've ever read. The story of the escaped slave, who joins the Union Army, encounters his master and says, "Howdy Massa. Bottom rail on top, this time" is such a lovely end. More coming. I'm working now.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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