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Product Details

  • Series: Zane Presents
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Strebor Books; Original edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593094256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593094256
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,504,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R. Kayeen Thomas self-published his first book, Light: Stories of Urban Resurrection, during his junior year at Carleton College. Now, at age twenty-seven, he is an author, poet, playwright, hip-hop artist, journalist, and social justice advocate. He resides in Washington D.C. with his wife and daughter.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By vibrant_1 on June 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Moses couldn't see what was going on in his life, but after something bad happens he saw things as if he were on the outside looking in.I read this book in two days I didn't want to put it down, I couldn't wait to read what happened next. Antebellum is a must read!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn on July 25, 2012
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ANTEBELLUM was well written and compelling from the first page to the end. I have re-read portions of the book over again and find new insights into the character Moses Jenkins and how he became a changed man after his return from slavery.

The creativity of a 21st century rapper going back into American slavery was scary yet inventive. The descriptive storytelling of Moses time in the cage, the barbaric treatment of Blacks as non-humans, and the stupidity of the overseer, Bradley, having a sense of white privilege was awesome and disgusting. Bradley was poor, illiterate, and used by the slave owner; yet he had white privilege mentality.

Reading ANTEBELLUM gave insight into current American racism and all Blacks have overcome to survive till today.

ANTEBELLUM is a must read for inter-generations and a book that will join the ranks of classics in American AND African-American literature. Highly recommended for college course reading lists, high schools, and book clubs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hot Eats and Cool Reads on June 28, 2012
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I am a huge fan of books about slavery, so when I first read the description of this book, I knew that I needed to read it. R. Kayeen Thomas does a great job combining urban fiction with historical fiction in this novel.

Moses, the main character, who's also known for his very controversial name, is a popular rapper who lives life for music, women, drugs, drinking etc. The fast life is leading him down a very rocky road. He gets shot by a rival rapper's crew and during his coma he gets transported back into slavery.

I cannot even describe the torture and pain Moses had to endure as a slave. It is so heartbreaking to know these horrible things happened in our history and how some of these brave souls survived. Life on the plantation was well described and very real feeling. I also loved how the past and present time were tied together. Overall, I thought this book was phenomenal and I cannot wait to read the sequel. The author did a great job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LaurenC on September 16, 2012
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This was seriously one of the absolute best books I have ever read period. I just put the book down after starting it last night. I have to say that I initially thought this book was going to be kind of cheesy, but it had me captured from the first page. The author's descriptions were phenomenal, it felt like I was in the story.

I don't want to give away the story, the synopsis is pretty spot on, but I will say that this book MUST be read! This should be mandatory reading in inner city schools, seriously. I can't stress enough how great this book was. Seriously, stop reading this review and pick up this book! The worse thing about this book was that it ended. I am so sorry that I reached the end of this book.

I would say that this story should be made into a movie, but as most adaptions, I don't think a movie would do this book justice.

I just loved this so much I can barely get my thoughts straight, lol. I wish I could sit and have a conversation with this author. I am happy to say that he is going to have another book come out next spring. I do wish that it was available now, because I would be up all night reading it.

Please, do yourself a favor, don't hesitate to get and read this book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K.Lyons on August 30, 2012
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This book is a MUST read by all African American people, young and old. It should be used in African American Study Classes.
I have purchased 2 books already and plan to buy more.
R. K. Thomas is truly blessed to have been given the insight to write such a MUCH NEEDED book. If he never writes another book (although I hope he does), he need not worry, Mr. Thomas made his mark. Peace & Many Blessings to all.

Update: I preordered: The Seven Days.........
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The sequel to the critically acclaimed Antebellum tells the powerful story of what happens when a man in modern society is possessed with the spirits of dead slaves.

Nathan Freeman and Xavier Turner are two African-American men leading two very different lives. One is a failed academic with a family in turmoil, while the other is an ex-special forces soldier turned family man. They have never met, but they share a bloodline that traces back to African royalty. This bloodline also makes them susceptible to a condition called The Seven Days, which allows them to be possessed by the spirits of their ancestors who died in a rage.

Through a series of unfortunate events, both men manage to lose everything, creating the circumstances needed for the Seven Days to take effect. One of them is strong enough to fight the possession, while the other falls victim to it, and the chaos that ensues threatens to engulf them both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By UBizz on November 15, 2012
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I selected this book because I am really interested in time travel stories and stories set during slavery. This book was thought provoking, especially as it relates to the use of the N word and the descriptions of Moses experience during slavery was palpable. I did not give the book 5 stars because I thought some issues needed to be fleshed out more and I thought it needed to go further in Part Three with explaining some of the connections between Sarah, Elizabeth and Moses. I enjoyed reading the book and would definitely recommend it to others.
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