Any day now, the final proofread manuscript of my new book, The Road to Frogmore: Turning Slaves into Citizens, will be back from the editor. Next step: I'll be looking for two or three more beta readers to write an advance review from which I can draw a blurb or two to appear on cover or promotional material. The review should also be designed so that it can be posted on the book's Amazon page once it is published.
The book tells the story of Laura M. Towne, an abolitionist missionary, and her life-long companion, Ellen Murray, who traveled to South Carolina in the middle of the Civil War to bring education and medical care to newly-freed slaves. Laura and Ellen faced challenges from vengeful Confederate slave-owners, greedy cotton agents, resentful Yankee soldiers, land-grabbing carpetbaggers, and other nefarious characters.They struggled with tropical storms, mosquitoes and sand fleas, malarial swamps, odorous pluff mud, smallpox epidemics, rumors of gray-beard ghosts, hanging trees, and night hags. Despite them all, Laura and Ellen stayed at Frogmore for 40 years, and established the Penn School, which has now evolved into the Penn Center, a historical center dedicated to the preservation of Gullah culture.
I am planning publication around the first of October and a formal Launch Event at the Penn Center during the second weekend of November. Every year the Penn Center celebrates "Heritage Days" with a four-day cultural extravaganza. I will be honored to be a part of that event.
If you have the time and energy to help out by reading the book and writing your review by the end of August, please contact me privately so that I can get a review copy off to you. If I use your review, I will, of course, give you full credit for your contributions and help publicize your own publications in return.