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Mama Day begins on Willow Springs, a sea island inhabited by its black owners. The island is located off the Georgia and South Carolina coasts. Connected to the mainland by a bridge that is destroyed from time to time when there is a storm, the islanders must cooperate in order to have transportation back and forth to the mainland. The owners' ancestors, a white man named Bascombe Wade and his wife, Sapphira, whom he had purchased as a slave, left the island to his offspring after his death in 1823. Wade was Norwegian and the land had been in his family since the exploration of the Vikings. At the time of Wade's death, slaves could not own land in the United States, but the island was not a part of this country and thus was exempted from those laws. Sapphira had been born in Africa, Bascombe in Norway, so...

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