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In the twilight days of slavery. . . Thirteen year old Ephraim Wright suffers the depredations of war along with the white family who reared him. Raised with the family since he was two years old, he is never once required to call Jonathan Wright, his benevolent owner, "master." His speech, manners and outlook on life are more akin to his white "siblings than the other slaves in the community who chide him for being a "pet" and "talkin' like white folk." He is stranded between two worlds; that of free whites, and of enslaved blacks. His life is irreversibly changed when Confederate conscript officers take the family's oldest son at gun point and a bushwhacker gang guns down Jonathan Wright. The law forbids a slave to touch a firearm, because a "negro with a gun is a nervous thing to white folks." But where his family is concerned, Ep is never one to care about what the slave laws say. By seeking to send men to hell, will Ephraim send himself there as well? Advance Praise for The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou While reading the book my feelings of anger and resentment toward the institution of slavery and those who fought to protect such rights were sometimes overwhelming and required me to take a deep breath. Nevertheless, the story from a historical perspective, although it was a work of fiction, was masterly woven and I found myself with the urge to continue reading. . . The book is well written and the author provides a fascinating glimpse into the everyday existence of many Southern families during the Civil War. Commander Harold Barnes (US Navy, retired)

  • ISBN13: 9781934610763
  • Publisher: Bluewater Publishing
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00170
Publication DateFebruary 24, 2013
Primary CategoryJuvenile Fiction/People & Places - United States - African-American

The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou

M E Hubbs

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