A daughter of freed African American slaves, Daisy Turner became a living repository of history. In 1983, folklorist Jane Beck began to interview Turner, then 100 years old and still relating four generations of oral history.Beck uses Turner's storytelling to build the Turner family saga, using as its foundation the oft-repeated touchstone stories at the heart of the Turners' experiences: the abduction into slavery, Daisy's father learning to read, his return as a soldier to his former plantation to kill the overseer, Daisy's childhood stand against racism, and her family's life in Vermont. Beck weaves in historical research and offers a folklorist's perspective on oral history and the hazards and use of memory. Paperback. 295 pgs.