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- Print Length: 219 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Brief Candle Press (May 31, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CVX1VNV
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lars Hedbor has a flair for breaking down the complexities of the American Revolution by focusing on the events of a particular region and the unique concerns of its participants. He tells the unknown stories, and he makes them eminently personal by portraying them through the eyes of the common man. The latest installment in his Tales from a Revolution series focuses on Calabar, a freedman from North Carolina.
I love this point of view! Not only is the perspective of a black man--slave or free--under-represented in Revolution-era histories, but when it does appear anywhere in history, it is too often portrayed within a stereotypical pattern: evil white landowners abusing black slaves who are trying desperately to flee their oppressors.
In my own research, I've found that pattern to be far from universal. While prejudice was a cultural norm and slavery inherently evil, the people of the past displayed a vast spectrum of roles and opinions and values. And in The Freedman, Hedbor probes into lesser-represented moralities, including several characters in opposition to bondage and crafting a black hero who is neither harshly abused, bitter, nor vengeful. In a fresh twist, Calabar is featured primarily as a man trying to survive a war that's overtaking his family just as it is overtaking the families of his white neighbors. His difficult status as a freedman simply lends his story a unique flavor.
Hedbor's world is always filled with an abundance of interesting and unobtrusive historical context, and this one is no exception. As a history minor, I love how many new details I always pick up about the time period in his books. As an English major, I appreciate his command of language that sometimes leaves me breathless.
- Michelle Isenhoff, Author, Recompense Series--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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His latest, The Freedman, is another literary tour de force. Of all the books in this series, I would have to say this is the most thoughtful and poignant, not to mention powerful. It’s an issue which would plague the United States from early colonial America and the Civil War to Reconstruction and beyond. However, what makes this all the more powerful is the way that Hedbor tells the story of Calabar, a slave who has gained his freedom and sets out on a new journey through life.
In language that is just as evocative as it is dramatic, Calabar’s life, filled with trials and tribulations, is a stirring testament to those former slaves who endeavored for the same freedom and independence the same way the colonies did—a path which began with Thomas Jefferson’s immortal words, “All Men Are Created Equal.”
Jeffrey Miller, author of War Remains, A Tale of War and Remembrance
Shamaan Casey absolutely crushes the narration of The Freedman – Tales From a Revolution – North Carolina (I’m going to shorten it to Freedman throughout the review when mentioning since it’s a long title). He was able to voice the slave (and then free) Calabar in such a way that really made me feel like I was transported back there.
Tie that in with the writing style and storytelling ability of Hedbor and you have a story that I will not soon forget. It’s not often that a book teaches me something about history that I instantly have to look up but Freedman will be one of those books. I am going to do some research on the rights and freedoms of those who were freed by their owners. It was honestly never a piece of history that I’d ever even considered but it’s now one that I need to know more about.
Freedman is such a real and visceral story. Numerous times throughout I was brought to tears by the writing and performance. The book is full of emotion. It has a lot of negatives but also reminds us of the people that would have risked it all to help out another human regardless of their skin color.
Calabar (known to his owner as Jupiter) is seriously a character that I will remember for a long time. The way he spoke (purposefully done in a way that made you understand he was an uneducated slave) made me like him even more. I felt for him and I wanted to help him
Not only is this a book that is needed for history’s sake, but it’s badly needed for the state that our country is currently in. It’s a not-so-simple reminder of the atrocities that we have done in the name of our beliefs and for the almighty dollar. And it’s a reminder of the path that we need not go back down.
For all the reasons above and more that I haven’t stated, this book is easily one of the best books I’ve read so far in 2019.
We are brought into the life of a slave turned freedman in a first-rate fashion. His struggles, hopes, and fears are eloquently portrayed. The incidents of racism and discrimination Calabar suffers at the hands of white and black are not just entertainment. They are a reminder of how cruel one person can be to another, even to this day.
I award 4.6 stars to The Freedman: Tales From a Revolution - North-Carolina, the score would have been higher except for the handful of spelling errors I found.
I would enjoy reading about the freed man's encountering more situations -- and perhaps a suspenseful trip to the North...