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Hammer Come Down: Memoirs of a Freedman
     

Hammer Come Down: Memoirs of a Freedman

by Kae Cheatham
 

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Told in first person, Hammer Comes Down: Memoirs of a Freedman depicts the atypical life of Jason, manservant to Tolin Cobb. Cobb's family developed a small plantation in Alabama in the 1810s; Jason was born there. He grows up knowing well the restraint demanded of a black man, yet always dreams of freedom. The 1836 Creek Indian war changes the lives of the two young

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Told in first person, Hammer Comes Down: Memoirs of a Freedman depicts the atypical life of Jason, manservant to Tolin Cobb. Cobb's family developed a small plantation in Alabama in the 1810s; Jason was born there. He grows up knowing well the restraint demanded of a black man, yet always dreams of freedom. The 1836 Creek Indian war changes the lives of the two young men when the Alabama plantation is destroyed. Devastated by the loss of family and friends, the slave, Jason, heads West with his master.

In the west, Jason survives various adventures at Fort Laramie, in Independence, Missouri, and in Indian Territory; each shows him different levels of Freedom. Through a generous dollop of fate, Jason even finds his true love who had been missing since the Alabama war, making the Freedom he attains much more complete than anything he imagined.

Editorial Reviews

Goodreads.com - Richard S. Wheeler
"...What Ms Cheatham has achieved here is a thoroughgoing examination of what freedom means, how freedmen survived in a world brimming with racial hostility, how a former slave could understand and master the complex attitudes and laws of the surrounding world. This is a profound and moving work, that goes deeply into the heart and soul of the slave-holding South, and the not-much-better culture of the North..."
Readers Favorite.com - Alice DiNizo
"...Hammer Come Down is a brilliantly written account of the western territories of the United States in those few decades before the Civil War. With realistic dialogue and believable action it tells of the variety of immigrants like African-American Jason and white southern Tolin who try to settle there....The portrayal of the historical time period is perfect. The plot line is multifaceted and complex...[it's] n incredible read that should go on every reader's list...

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016086194
Publisher:
KAIOS Books
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
290 KB

Meet the Author

Kae Cheatham has published more than a decade of books, several articles and numerous poems, as well as business programs and brochures. She conducts workshops in writing and gives presentations about history. She is a photographer, and also freelances as an editor and book layout specialist.

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