Race and bloodlines in American history

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Carver Clark Gayton highlights the life of an abolitionist in new book

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Clarke’s story emphasizes his lifelong attempt to have the kind of family life he never experienced as a child.

From Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner, and many other injustices in between that seem to go unnoticed, it’s clear that the country is still divided when it comes to the issue of race.

In "When Owing a Shilling Costs a Dollar: The Saga of Lewis G. Clarke, Born a White Slave," author Carver Clark Gayton describes the lifetime contributions of his great-grandfather, Lewis G. Clarke, and his role in American history throughout the abolitionist movement.

By detailing Clarke’s involvement in the late 1800s anti-slavery movement, Gayton hopes to provide a greater understanding of American society’s perspective of the meaning of race and diversity within families.

“Clarke’s story emphasizes his lifelong attempt to have the kind of family life he never experienced as a child,” Gayton said. “The factors of color and bloodlines in America made his vision not only challenging, but transitory.”

Gayton’s interest in his ancestry grew as a child, after his mother often read him a book called "A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin," a presentation of facts and documents which author Harriet Beecher Stowe provided as the basis for her book "Uncle Tom’s Cabin." In A "Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin," Stowe names Clarke as an inspiration for her character George Harris.

When Owing a Shilling Costs a Dollar: The Saga of Lewis G. Clarke, Born a White Slave
By Carver Clark Gayton
ISBN: 978-1-4990-1781-6
Available in softcover, hardcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris

About the author
Carver Clark Gayton has a bachelor’s degree in history, master’s degree in public administration and doctorate in political science, all from the University of Washington. He has held many prestigious positions throughout his career, including Director of Affirmative Action Programs at the University of Washington, Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Florida State University, Corporate Director of Educational Relations and Training at Boeing Company and Executive Director of the Northwest African Museum. Gayton is a life member of the NAACP and lives in Seattle.
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