Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau

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Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau

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About the book: In a time of post-Revolutionary fervor in Richmond, Virginia, an imposing twenty-four-year-old man named Gabriel, known for his courage and intellect, plotted a rebellion involving thousands of African-American freedom seekers armed with refashioned pitchforks and other implements of Gabriel’s blacksmith trade. The revolt would be thwarted by a confluence of fierce weather and human betrayal, but Gabriel retained his dignity to the end. History knows little of Gabriel’s early life. But here, author Gigi Amateau imagines a childhood shaped by a mother’s devotion, a father’s passion for liberation, and a friendship with a white master’s son who later proved cowardly and cruel. She gives vibrant life to Gabriel’s love for his wife-to-be, Nanny. Interwoven with original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in history.

About the author: Born in northeastern Mississippi, Gigi was raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in urban studies and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and has worked in the health and human services sector for more than twenty-five years. Gigi lives with her family in the city of Richmond. She loves reading about the Early Republic era in American history, riding horses in the mountains, gardening with native plants, birding, and watching VCU basketball (#letsgovcu).

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About the book: In a time of post-Revolutionary fervor in Richmond, Virginia, an imposing twenty-four-year-old man named Gabriel, known for his courage and intellect, plotted a rebellion involving thousands of African-American freedom seekers armed with refashioned pitchforks and other implements of Gabriel’s blacksmith trade. The revolt would be thwarted by a confluence of fierce weather and human betrayal, but Gabriel retained his dignity to the end. History knows little of Gabriel’s early life. But here, author Gigi Amateau imagines a childhood shaped by a mother’s devotion, a father’s passion for liberation, and a friendship with a white master’s son who later proved cowardly and cruel. She gives vibrant life to Gabriel’s love for his wife-to-be, Nanny. Interwoven with original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in history.

About the author: Born in northeastern Mississippi, Gigi was raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in urban studies and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and has worked in the health and human services sector for more than twenty-five years. Gigi lives with her family in the city of Richmond. She loves reading about the Early Republic era in American history, riding horses in the mountains, gardening with native plants, birding, and watching VCU basketball (#letsgovcu).