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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:African American & Black / Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:216
  • eBook ISBN:9781667891279
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667891262

Shackles of a Freeman

The Untold Story of Lewis Sheridan Leary

by Don Alexander

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Lewis Leary was born into freedom on March 17, 1835, growing up in a wealthy free Black family in North Carolina. However, despite his privilege, he couldn't escape the harsh reality of slavery in the South. Guided by his unwavering friendship with a slave named Luke and settling in the anti-slavery town of Oberlin, Ohio, Lewis becomes a freedom fighter and skilled conductor on the Underground Railroad, risking his life to save others from bondage. When he meets abolitionist John Brown, Lewis rises to the challenge of ending slavery in America and finds himself in Harpers Ferry at the center of American history, taking part in an event which spearheaded the Country towards a Civil War. "Shackles of a Freeman" follows Lewis' journey as he balances internal conflict with his desire to make a difference in a divided nation.
Lewis Leary was born into freedom on the lucky day of March 17, 1835, but growing up in North Carolina as a free Black man, he soon realized that his privilege could not shield him from the harsh realities of a society where people with his skin color were treated as property. Despite his privileged upbringing, Lewis was drawn to the plight of the slaves and was determined to make a difference. Through his friendship with Luke, a slave who worked on the family property, Lewis learned to take his privilege with a grain of salt and ultimately decided to leave the South and settle in the Free State of Ohio, where the Anti-Slavery movement was at its peak. In Oberlin, a diverse town where Lewis and his best friend John Copeland became involved in the fight against slavery, Lewis was able to put his ideals into action as a freedom fighter and skilled underground railroad conductor. However, as much as Lewis had accomplished in his fight against slavery, he couldn't shake the feeling that he was not doing enough to fight the system as a whole. It wasn't until he met the famous abolitionist John Brown that Lewis reached the pinnacle of what he felt he could do to end slavery in the country. Together, they journeyed to Harpers Ferry, where they became part of a moment in American history that would ultimately lead to the Civil War. "Shackles of a Freeman" is a gripping and thought-provoking historical fiction novel that brings to light the sacrifices and bravery of those who fought against slavery in the 1850s. Through Lewis Leary's journey, the reader will be transported back in time and experience the struggles and triumphs of the Anti-Slavery movement, making this a captivating and inspiring read for audiences of all backgrounds.
About the author
Don Alexander, a proud son of a 30-year US Army veteran and grandson of WW2 and Vietnam War heroes, is an accomplished writer based in Los Angeles, California. With a childhood spent on military installations around the world, including a graduation from the renowned Heidelberg American High School in Germany, he brings a unique and diverse global perspective to his writing. A five-time scholar-athlete, Don honed his skills at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he studied communications with a focus on PR and minored in sociology. After a successful stint in Stuttgart, Germany, playing semi-pro football, coaching wrestling, and working as a marketing specialist for the Armed Forces, Don made the bold move to LA to pursue his dream of screenwriting. Under a pseudonym, he creates impactful and thought-provoking stories that captivate audiences and offer a fresh outlook, drawing inspiration from his rich cultural heritage.

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