Archive for September, 2010

Entangled In Freedom as told by Isaac, a first person narrative

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

by Ann DeWitt

“Never again shall
a single story be told
as though it were the only one.”

~John Berger

For the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War (2011 -2015), the primary focus areas of Entangled In Freedom: A Civil War Story are threefold:

  1. To be an additional literary catalyst in facilitating the dialog between novice and expert readers on the topic of African Americans who served with their masters during the American Civil War.
  2. To present a provocative topic to galvanize students in wanting to learn more about the War Between the States.
  3. To provide an African-American human interest story that explores the  intertwined  relationship between slave, master and the dynamics leading up to a Confederate Congress proposal to enlist African-Americans in the Confederate States Army.

How is this accomplished?  The point of view for the novel is the first person narrative by Isaac, a slave.  Therefore, Isaac provides his purview of the 1862 civil war events as he and his master, Abraham Green, travel with the 42nd Georgia Regiment Volunteers from Oxford (Georgia) to Big Shanty (Georgia) and on over to Cumberland Gap (Tennessee).  As an example, Issac, does not, and would not in 19th century terms, have the same perspective as a Major General in the American Civil War.  The first person narrative was  indeed by design.

Therefore, we look forward to (1) readers experiencing the American Civil War through the layman eyes of Issac because the slave’s sentiment is often absent from academia, and (2) readers seeking out two-way dialog with their teachers and historians in order to have objective conversations on this topic.

Highlighting the good in humanity,

Ann Dewitt

Hard Cover Inside Flap Book Description

Entangled in Freedom by Ann DeWitt and Kevin Weeks

Entangled in Freedom by Ann DeWitt and Kevin Weeks

In Entangled In Freedom, Isaac, a 22 year old slave, is convinced that he must venture outside of Oxford, Georgia if he is to become a liberated slave.  Simultaneously, Abraham Green, slaveholder of Isaac, is concerned about the safety and security of the Green family and farmland during the War Between the States.  Therefore, Abraham has devised a plan which includes taking Isaac with him to join the Confederate States Army.  However, Abraham’s lifelong friend Marty Fair is vehemently opposed to such an outlandish idea, and Marty will do everything in his power to stop them.

How far will Abraham Green and Isaac travel with the 42nd Regiment Georgia Volunteers?  Will Isaac be faced with friend or foe when he steps foot at Camp McDonald, the Georgia Military Institute training camp across from the well-known Lacy Hotel in Big Shanty, Georgia?  Will the family feuds in Tennessee between the Unionists and Confederates impact Isaac’s lifelong dreams as he comes to terms that his entire world is entangled in freedom?

“There are worse crimes than burning books.
One of them is not reading them.”

~John Berger