Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Slave Revolt Short Story

1811 Louisiana Slave Revolt
I hope everyone enjoyed my African-American History Month series this February.  Considering it's leap year (happy 29th!), on the last day of this month, I wanted to be sure I shared my own little tidbit of black history.

In high school, my favorite class was African-American studies.  I absorbed so much from my teacher and developed a hunger to discover and learn more little known facts about our culture.  Toward the end of the semester, my teacher assigned a project: construct an effective slave revolt, taking into account all the many obstacles a slave on a plantation would have to consider.  For example, we had to have a plan for avoiding slave patrols, overcoming the onsite overseer, and thwarting attempts by other slaves to win their freedom by reporting your revolt.  We even had to consider illiteracy as an obstacle, considering that due to slave codes, it was illegal to educate a slave.  Instead of putting together a PowerPoint presentation, as so many of my classmates did, I wrote a short story that I've been told my old teacher still has.

The story I wrote is one of my favorites.  I've included it here as an added bonus for you to experience, in honor of African-American History Month.  Hopefully, one day my work will be as infamous as the great heroes about which I've written these past four weeks.  Don't forget to let me know what you think in the comments below; enjoy!A Letter to My Children

2 comments:

  1. I don't get to read your posts as often as I like anymore, but I wanted to make sure I told you how much I enjoyed your slave revolt short story! You're an incredibly polished writer and I can't wait to read your novel.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie, for your kind remarks! It always feels good to know someone enjoys something you've written :-) We are only about 6 wks away from the release of The Grim, but if you can't wait, certainly take a moment to pre-order a copy. Thanks again for your support!

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