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Come August, Come Freedom

The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel

by Gigi Amateau

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An 1800 insurrection planned by a literate slave known as "Prosser's Gabriel" inspires a historical novel following one extraordinary man's life. In a time of post-Revolutionary fervor in Richmond, Virginia, an imposing twenty-five-year-old slave named Gabriel, known for his courage and intellect, plotted a rebellion involving thousands of African-American freedom seekers armed with refashioned pitchforks and other implements of Gabriel's blacksmith trade. The revolt would be thwarted by a confluence of fierce weather and human betrayal, but Gabriel retained his dignity to the end. History knows little of Gabriel's early life. Here, author Gigi Amateau imagines a childhood shaped by a mother's devotion, a father's passion for liberation, and a friendship with a white master's son who later proved cowardly and cruel. She gives vibrant life to Gabriel's love for his wife-to-be, Nanny, a slave woman whose freedom he worked tirelessly, and futilely, to buy. Interwoven with original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in history.

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Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication Date:
2012

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Gigi Amateau (Author)

I was born October 20, 1964, in Ripley, Mississippi. I cherish having lived my early childhood in Mississippi and having visited my grandparents there every summer and at Thanksgiving. Most of my growing up I did outside of Richmond, Virginia, in ...

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