The Self-Liberation of Parson Sykes: Enslavement in Southampton County, Virginia

The Self-Liberation of Parson Sykes: Enslavement in Southampton County, Virginia

by David J Mason
The Self-Liberation of Parson Sykes: Enslavement in Southampton County, Virginia

The Self-Liberation of Parson Sykes: Enslavement in Southampton County, Virginia

by David J Mason

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Overview

The Self-Liberation of Parson Sykes is a documentary novel based on a true story and actual events and was drawn from a variety of historic sources, including published government materials and family chronicles. A trilogy, the story profiles Private Parson Sykes' evolution from enslavement in Southampton County, Virginia, followed by his enlistment into the Union Army, and culminating with his emancipation and return to the county. The initial part subtitled, Enslavement in Southampton County Virginia, of the trilogy, takes place in 1864 near the end of the American Civil War on the slave-holding Jacob Williams' middle class family farm in Southampton County Virginia. During the 1831 Southampton Insurrection, the farm came under attack by Nat Turner and his insurgents, which haunts Jacob. Before the Civil War started, Parson began discussing human rights and the political implications of the abolition of slavery with his two brothers. In the book, Parson and Jacob Williams are faced at opposite ends of the disputed points over the moral issue of slavery and secession, a political decision that led directly to war. In December 1864, he planned to liberate himself by running away from Jacob Williams' farm and following an eastward path along the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad to reach Norfolk, Virginia, which was a Union occupied city. Upon reaching Norfolk and in the hands of Union troops, Parson had liberated himself from bondage. The Self-Liberation of Parson Sykes also functions to draw attention to the important role Black soldiers and their White officers played during the Civil War as members of United States Colored Troops (USCT). Though less heralded, the USCT regiments were the precursors to Black army units famously nicknamed as the Buffalo Soldiers., Smoked Yankees, the Harlem Hell Fighters, Tuskegee Airmen, and the Red Ball Express.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999133118
Publisher: Hmg Epublishing LLC
Publication date: 09/30/2022
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years
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