Moreese Bickham was a man who never gave up no matter how bleak his future looked. I admire him because even though he was sent to jail for a wrongful charge he still had hope that one day he would be free. At the mercy of racism, Moreese never had the opportunity to go to court to oppose his sentence. He was someone who guided the younger generation of prisoners to the right path, and was the only one who seemed to care for the dead prisoners. He showed sympathy to the lost souls of the prison that would get nothing more than a tombstone for remembrance. The thing I found most creative about this story was the connection Moreese had with god that led to his freedom. Moreese recounted that a spirit of God would help guide him out of this prison to freedom. That spirit turned out to be David Isay who brought the case of Moreese Bickham to the limelight of the public. He became the hero who not only got Moreese a lawyer, but was able to bring Moreese to freedom and to his family.
The thing that surprised me the most in Scott Russell Sanders story was that he was overcome with guilt rather than anger. In paragraph 52 he says "Guilt burns like acid in my veins" (pg.191). This struck a cored with me caught me off guard. It caught me of guard because he felt like it was his fault his father was the way he was, and he was guilty of hiding the fact that his father was a drunk. I expected him to feel enraged or angry at his father, but he was actually frustrated with himself. It was sad knowing that someone who was not the person who was drinking would feel such an emotion. He had no part in causing his father to go to the bottle yet he felt bad as if it was his doing. So what did I learn from this? I learnt that there are many more emotions one feels when confronted with alcoholism, and to me the only emotion I could ever think of was anger. I understand now that people in such situations blame themselves because they feel they could have done something to fix it. I mean sure alcoholism can be fixed if the people who care really tried and did something, but it is also up to the person who is an alcoholic to put forth an effort to be treated.
Did Moreese Bickham get some sort of compensation for the time he had spent in prison? I understand that he would be satisfied by being out, but that is still time spent away from his family. I hope the best for Moreese and hope he would get some sort of settlement.