Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
In her book “Uprooted” (published by iUniverse), Zobi Fredrick looks back at her ancestors’ journey from India to the cane fields of Trinidad, and their struggles to succeed through hard work in a new and different world.
“Uprooted” is the story of Fredrick’s great-great-grandfather, who signed up to be an indentured laborer in the cane fields of Trinidad. As Frederick explains, her ancestor served his five-year term, and then set out to start his own business and turn his life around.
An excerpt from “Uprooted”:
“I imagine the satisfaction that my great, great grandfather must have felt when he finished his contract and was no longer obligated to the British who had always told him what to do and how to live his life. A free man at last!”
Fredrick says, “My dad had a successful textile business, but gave everything he had to build a mosque in our town; then he was treated as a heretic for just listening to a visiting Muslim scholar’s non-conforming religious views. He was not welcome at the mosque’s grand opening. He was a beaten and broken man, and died soon afterward.”
Fredrick believes that Americans love a good success story of hope and encouragement. She things the history of the Indian indentured laborers in Trinidad is virtually unknown in the United States. “Uprooted” shares one family’s story of overcoming adversity, poverty and religious intolerance to become educated and successful citizens.
About the Author
Zobi Fredrick is a Trinidad-born American citizen living in Clearwater, Fla. with her husband. She earned her business administrative degree in London and has a career as an executive assistant, print and fashion model, and bit-part actor in several commercials and movies.
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