For the longest time Iíve had a story churning in me, a desire to write about the slave trade, an event that effected not only my own family but literally millions of families over many generations.
It started out with just one story, SLAVE, which, unsurprisingly for anyone who really knows me, actually began its life as a stage play. But once I had written the first story I knew there had to be a second. We learnt so much about Hezekiah Thomas in this first story but what about mentor and trader, Albert Shelton and James Thomas IV, Hezekiahís bitterly envious brother? It felt to me hearing their voices was as equally important for the entire story to feel complete. Thus, SLAVE: The Trilogy was born and all three stage plays written.
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Itís 18th Century New York and the slave trade continues amidst an historical political upheaval. Hezekiah Thomas, born the son of a white General and his black enslaved mother, suddenly finds himself a free man. But what is freedom without money? Through a concoction of chance and opportunities, Hezekiah is faced with the decision to go against all of his convictions and become an owner of slaves.
Jacqueline Malcolmís masterful story telling not only addresses the ageless discussion of the motives behind the reported black slave owners of the period; we are also taken on a journey into our own hearts and desires Ė how far will we go to survive? How far will we go for a profit?
The Trade follows the story of Albert Shelton, a man born free, yet brought up as a slave. His identity is lost as he tries to find his way in a world where men are traded for beads and the color of the skin can mean death or life. Becoming a Trader himself, Albertís journey takes him from middle-class Bristol, England to life with the Maroon Tribe of the Blue Mountains, Jamaica, until finally, his destiny and drive throws him into the chaos of pre-independent New York City.
Focusing on the difference between an owner and a trader of slaves, Jacqueline Malcolm seeks to put a literary magnifying glass over the attitudes of these traders to better understand their ability to see beyond the human form to the dollar sign.
The grand finale and weíre taken in a full circle as this novel highlights the life of James Thomas IV, half-brother to Hezekiah. Slowly consumed by his own jealousies against a slave brother whom his father deems more handsome, more intelligent and more loved than he, Jamesí early innocent admiration and love of his brother soon turns to a bitter hate and within him a heart for vengeance is born.
Slave Brothers concludes the Trilogy as it brings us right up to 1776 with all three men; Hezekiah, Albert and James IV, standing together at a perilous crossroads. Not truly knowing which of them is friend or which is foe, each is certain that amongst them stands; a leader, a follower and every manís comrade.
Jacqueline Malcolm masterfully uses this weaving tale to question whether man truly is a product of his environment, or if itís a manís spirit that determines his worth.
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