Author Tells the Divine Will, Restless Heart of Her Great, Great Uncle

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Newly published biography follows the life and works of Dr. John Jefferson Smallwood.

one common country, for one common people

Dr. John Jefferson Smallwood was born at a time when racial prejudice in America was at its peak. But he never stopped fighting for the freedom of his people. And in this newly released book, Divine Will, Restless Heart authored by his very own great, great niece Mary E.C. Drew, readers will follow the true story of Dr. Smallwood’s commitment to better his race of people and give them equal standing in America by educating and providing them with the same types of opportunities available to Whites.    

This book chronicles the life of Dr. Smallwood from his birth into slavery, through his childhood and emancipation in rural North Carolina, his struggle to earn an education, his unyielding determination to find his mother and family, his establishment of the Temperance, Industrial and Collegiate Institute, and his untimely death at the age of forty-nine. This account is enhanced by anecdotes and original correspondence taken from archival collections of Dr. Smallwood’s own papers, as well as written and oral records passed down through the Smallwood family and shared with the author.

Divine Will, Restless Heart not only illuminates his struggle to turn his fellow freed men into “intelligent men and women,” his role as an early civil rights advocate through the creation of his Institute and his dream of “one common country, for one common people” but also provides an in-depth look into the life and work of one man’s triumph to success during a period in American history of extreme racial strife and upheaval and how he overcame insurmountable odds—yet to succumb to a tragic ending on the eve of his successes.

“… I have made every effort to tell the story of John Jefferson Smallwood in a factual and straightforward manner. In setting forth the details of his life and works, I must give credit to the many researchers who preceded me and laid the foundation for my research. I must also say many thanks to Uncle John for making what could have been a difficult and arduous process an enjoyable journey. His cache of collected papers at Hampton University not only provided much of the information contained in this volume but also enabled me to uncover a deep and enduring connection to the very real, rich history of my family,” acknowledges the author.

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About the Author
Mary E.C. Drew is a native of Northampton County, North Carolina, and is the great, great niece of Dr. John Jefferson Smallwood.

Divine Will, Restless Heart * by Mary E.C. Drew
The Life and Works of Dr. John Jefferson Smallwood
Publication Date: September 2, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 291 pages; 978-1-4535-1196-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 291 pages; 978-1-4535-1197-8
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-1198-5

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