Unlocking Freedom's Door

Unlocking Freedom's Door

by K. P. Fox

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Hampton, Virginia – 1861

In the early years of the Civil War, Mary Peake, a free biracial woman, believes illiteracy is like a closed door and devotes herself to educating the children of slaves. Under a large oak tree in a secluded field, Mary prepares the children for a future when they might be free. Brutal slave patrols are in constant pursuit, determined to capture and punish her for violating Virginia law that prohibits her actions.

Meanwhile, Benjamin Franklin Butler, a discredited Union general, is banished to command nearby Fortress Monroe. When escaped slaves seek sanctuary within the fort, Butler must decide whether to defy Federal law, which requires him to return the men to their Rebel owners.

Mary seizes upon the moment to form a bond with the General. After she is viciously assaulted, Mary believes that Butler is the key for her to safely continue classes for the children, and—with growing confidence—she pursues the broader goal of ending slavery.

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BN ID: 2940153477954
Publisher: Flat Pond Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2016
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,077,831
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ken first learned about General Butler while listening to The Diane Rehm Show on NPR. His subsequent research led to the discovery of Mary Peake and his desire to learn more about this amazing woman. After visiting Hampton University, the Hampton History Museum, the Casemate Museum of Fort Monroe, and Mary's gravesite, Ken decided to write a novel that honors her memory.

He is a retired businessman, a native New Englander, and lives on Cape Cod with his wife.

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