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Born a slave in 1847 but raised a free man in the African-American settlement near Chatham, Ontario, David King's life has been one long act of rebellion against the man who freed him: the Reverend William King. Eschewing his role as Reverend King's pastoral successor, David has opted instead to run an illegal after-hours tavern and pick up extra money by grave-robbing. Then his benefactor dies and David must search his soul.
Publisher: Toronto : T. Allen Publishers, 2009
ISBN: 9780887624124
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 05, 2015

This was a great book about freed slaves in Canada. It is set in Southern Ontario and is a fictional story based on real events and people. The main character is a strong complex man.


If this book is some attempt to dignify himself by using an abstract to violating the Biblical King David. Do a better search, do something interesting and write about your own family instead of making up nonsense. Is your mother or father named Robin anywhere in your lineage first generation? Find out about you. Evidently you haven't made a well enough search, and found the records as to whom your possible made up imagination of an 1847 slaves origin is from, the thing is you really do sound like you are persecuting someone you have neither met nor taken into consideration the consequences of falsifications.

Apr 22, 2013

Wonderful book for book-lovers.

hermlou Feb 02, 2011

Born a slave in 1847, David and his mother are rescued by Reverend King, who starts a settlement in Elgin, Ontario for escaped slaves. David is highly educated and loves reading and collecting classics. When his aged mother suffers unbearable pain, he buys morphine to help her die. The reverend thinks David is taking drugs and stops the financial support. David moves to Chatham, where he makes money by renting his upstairs to an undertaker, selling bodies to medical schools, and running an illegal bar in the basement. Interesting story includes glimpses of abolitionist John Brown and poet Walt Whitman.

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