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Circle Unbroken
by Margot Theis Raven

"The circle unbroken. And when your fingers talk just right, that circle will go out and out again--past slavery and freedom, old ways and new, and your basket will hold the past--just as surely and tightly as my ams now hold and circle you." Margot Theis Raven in Circle Unbroken

The story of an old-timey grandfather's family that covers generations is told by a grandmother. Their roots are traced from the old-timey grandfather's childhood in Africa where he learned to sew baskets that would hold water to the present family in America where they continue to teach their children the unique basket-making skill. Throughout their dark days of slavery, the baskets and family stories brought light to the family. Today, they remember their ancestors and share their light with tourists who purchase their beautiful coiled sweetgrass baskets.

Research Links for Circle Unbroken

Mae Hall's Sweetgrass Baskets

Charleston Sweetgrass-Baskets

Sweetgrass Baskets, Library Information

Gullah Tours--Charleston

Sweetgrass Basket Classes

American Profile

Simply Baskets (and purses)

Circle Unbroken to the string quartet music of William Grant Still

The Rhythms on Songtrellis

Literary Connections:

Bud, Not Buddy
Walking to the Bus Rider Blues
When Marian Sang
Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman
The Other Side
  Through My Eyes
The Riches of Oscela McCarty


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Circle Unbroken is one of the 21 literature guides for award-winning literature in our Light in the Darkness Collection. Though you can order each unit individually for about $12.95, if you order Light in the Darkness you will get the 21 units for about $1.20 each on the CD! Order now while quantities last!



Special Thanks to Claude Ciari allowing us to use his beautiful original composition, Africa. Visit his website at!


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