Boy in Chains: A true Story of the Dismal Swamp

Boy in Chains: A true Story of the Dismal Swamp

by John Bushore


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A fictional historical biography for younger readers.

Can you imagine being a teen-ager in the year 1800?
No computers or video games, no cars, no electricity, and no indoor plumbing. What could be worse? Being enslaved, as well.
This is the true story of Moses Grandy, an African American boy living on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp.
After his first master dies, Moses is hired out yearly. He goes through a series of masters, some indifferent, some cruel taskmasters. A kind white girl teaches him, but then a master whips him for being too smart. He is beaten with a fireplace shovel, is nearly starved to death, and a field boss becomes a deadly enemy. Yet he becomes an adept mule-handler, an expert waterman and a savvy trader. His experiences harden his resolve and strengthen his faith, but he cannot bear his miserable condition. Will he revolt? Will he run? Or will he stand tall and fight the very system of slavery itself?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781456568801
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/25/2011
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

John Bushore is the author of Friends in Dark Places, The Prisoners of Gender, Wolfwraith and "...and Remember that I Am a Man." His stories and poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. He is a three-time recipient of the independently judged James B. Baker Award and two of his stories were requested, and are used in, a university course on Gothic and horror literature.

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