Novel About Blacks in Post-Civil War America Released

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James Fearn weaves a tale of courage, self-determination, and positive change

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Moses Bailey was ushered into the world as a slave, a fate he did not choose. After suffering through a hard, oppressive young life, he was traded to a planter who treated the colored man with more dignity than most slave owners, Jesse Godbehere. Along with John Francis, Mr. Godbehere’s employee and plantation overseer, they instilled in Moses the self-respect and determination to once again hold his head up high. He attained the status of a freed man soon after the Civil War, and this is where his story begins.

The Overseer’s Apprentice is a historical fiction that takes place during the years after the American Civil War. It centers on a newly freed black man, Moses Bailey, and the people near and dear to him. Despite the newfound freedom of the colored man, the old ways of slavery and discrimination are still fresh in the minds of the white people of the South. They were not about to let go of the very thing that made their plantations prosperous throughout all the years before the war. The manifestations of this bigotry and visceral hate, such as the Ku Klux Klan, still endanger the wellbeing of the black people. Moses Bailey, armed with the knowledge and virtues bequeathed to him by his former master Jesse Godbehere and John Francis, struggles to make things right and ensure true equality be granted to him and his fellow black brethren.

This book will find a good place in the coffee tables, libraries, and book bags of individuals who put value in a good story, and hold the ideals of equal rights and self-determination up high. James Fearn has eloquently captured these virtues and weaved them into the story of The Overseer’s Apprentice.

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About the Author
James Fearn was born in the Great Depression in Australia where he developed conservative political and religious views. These revealed themselves in Church and educational leadership in the State of Victoria. Educated as a Science Educator in schools and universities, he holds Master’s degrees in Science and in Education, and a Doctorate in Education. His essays describe his life experiences, and he has two published textbooks, one for Science teachers, and one for Church leaders. Stranger in Dixie is based upon the life and times of his great grandfather, John Francis, who died a hero in the American Civil War. The author’s hobbies include music - solo voice and choral, building (Habitat for Humanity), walking, and writing.

The Overseer's Apprentice * by James Fearn
Publication Date: April 12, 2012
Trade Paperback; $29.99; 228 pages; 978-1-4653-5901-8
Trade Hardback; $49.99; 228 pages; 978-1-4653-5902-5
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4653-0558-9

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