Never Pleasing to the World: A Man and His Slaves

Never Pleasing to the World: A Man and His Slaves

by Peggy Patterson Garland


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Title: The powerful story of a privileged eighteenth-century plantation owner who emancipates hundreds of slaves after a religious conversion.


Born into the richest Colonial planter family in the Northern Neck of the eighteenth-century South, Robert Carter III is seemingly destined for a life as a privileged plantation owner and slaveholder. But as he grows up and becomes best friends with his personal slave who enlightens him about his less than ideal existence, Carter has no idea that his path will eventually be shaped by constitutional and biblical truths.

After a stint in London where he encounters the Enlightenment, twenty-three-year-old Carter returns home to Tidewater, Virginia, to take over his eighteen plantations and live a productive life. But everything changes for Carter when the Declaration of Independence is drafted, stating that all men are created equal. As a chain of events prompts him to reject traditional plantation life, undergo a religious conversion, and join the Baptist Church, Carter shocks and alienates his class and family as he embarks on a courageous and determined quest to emancipate hundreds of enslaved African Americans.

In this historical novel, a child of privilege, influenced by slaves long before the Civil War, rejects his purported destiny to create a community of freed slaves in the most powerful state in the South.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480875203
Publisher: ArchwayPublishing
Publication date: 03/08/2019
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Peggy Patterson Garland has been an attorney for thirty years including two terms as Commonwealth's Attorney. She is a former high school teacher who has been involved in numerous organizations and is a charter member of the Westmoreland Housing Coalition, Westmoreland Weavers of the Word, and the Northern Neck Historical Society. Peggy is a mother, stepmother, and grandmother who resides in Westmoreland County, Virginia. This is her debut novel.

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