By Stephen Clarkson>> NHPR Front Porch Interview
An educated, northern slave fights for freedom in the American Revolution
This clothbound, historical fiction covers the years from 1755 to 1789, centering on Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
While researching his family background in 2002, author Stephen Clarkson was surprised to discover that his first ancestor in America had owned a slave. His story opens with the purchase at auction of an African teenager from Senegal by James Clarkson, a Portsmouth tanner. The young man is renamed Will.
Will Clarkson fights with distinction in the American Revolution with the New Hampshire militia and the Continental Army and subsequently petitions the New Hampshire Legislature for his freedom.
The author's dramatic facility seamlessly combines fact with fiction, transporting the reader back in time.