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Finding America's $57,000,000 Freedmen

Nonfiction Civil War saga explores why 40 Acres denied to 4 million freed slaves and how they amassed $57,000,000 between 1865 and 1874

Finding America's $57,000,000 Freedmen

Nonfiction Civil War saga explores why 40 Acres denied to 4 million freed slaves and how they amassed $57,000,000 between 1865 and 1874

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Last updated June 25, 2015

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How was it possible for newly freed slaves, men, women and children, to amass $57,000,000 in less than nine years after emancipation from slavery?

Travel with me 150-years back in time in my debut book “Finding America’s $57,000,000 Freedmen: In Search of “40 Acres and A Mule” to meet some of our most inspiring and hostile ancestors in this riveting nonfiction saga. I narrate the history of how America’s newly freed slaves accumulated $57,000,000 between 1865 and 1874 in the Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Company, and what happened to it.

Unbeknown to the Reverend Garrison Frazier and the nineteen other Negro ministers, “mostly Baptist and Methodist”, accompanying him on January 12, 1865. Major General William Tecumseh Sherman had summoned them to his Savannah headquarters at the request of Abraham Lincoln’s War Secretary Edwin McMasters Stanton.

Major General Sherman was not happy about the meeting with the religious leaders; in fact, he was outraged. He had just completed his “march to the sea” from Atlanta to Savannah, captured the city and turned the tides of war against the Confederates in time to give Savannah to President Lincoln as a Christmas present. Now Stanton was bringing in Negroes to question his conduct. How dare he insult me in this manner, Sherman unburdened to his wife.

It was during this meeting that Frazier told Secretary Stanton that four million soon-to-be freed slaves needed land to have a place to exist in freedom. Four days later Sherman issued “Special Field Order No. 15”, now called, “40 Acres and A Mule.” The order identified 400,000 acres of land along the South Carolina, Georgia and Florida coast for freedmen and emancipated slaves to inhabit.

Five important questions are answered in this book that have never before been published in any existing literature from this perspective.

Was “Special Field Order No. 15” a damage control measure because of the incident at Ebenezer Creek? Secretary Stanton got up from his sick bed to “board the ship Nevada on January 7, 1865” to rush to Savannah. The New York Tribune had reported a leaked account of General Jefferson Columbus Davis “taking up his pontoon-bridge across Ebenezer Creek, leaving sleeping Negroes, on the other side to be slaughtered by [Joseph] Wheeler’s Cavalry.”

Was “Special Field Order No. 15” an attempt at reparation for four million newly freed slaves? General Sherman issued the order at Secretary Stanton’s urging but denied that reparation through his military order was ever an intended outcome. What was Secretary Stanton’s intended outcome?

Who were the twenty Negro religious leaders that responded to General Sherman’s summon and how had Garrison Frazier been prepared to speak for them? Some had been slaves until the Union Army arrived and liberated them. Others were freedmen like the Reverend Garrison Frazier whom the group selected as their spokesman. Reverend Frazier purchased his wife and his freedom, nine years earlier, for one thousand dollars.

Why weren’t the newly freed slaves allowed to inhabit the land identified in “Special Field Order No. 15? According to General Sherman, the military order was a temporary solution for the thousands of slaves that followed his army to Savannah with no place to go. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and Andrew Johnson’s elevation to the presidency allowed him to partner with Southerners and reject efforts to provide places for newly freed slaves to exist to secure his political position.

How was it possible for newly freed slaves, men, women and children, to accumulate $57,000,000, in less than nine years, after emancipation from 249 years of slavery? The PBS documentary “This Far By Faith” declared that “… They came out of slavery with nothing but the clothes on their backs and the faith in their hearts that tomorrow would be a brighter day.“ How did they turn their feelings of faith in to $57,000,000?

Your Help Is Needed to make this book a reality in print and electronic form. You can help by pre-ordering a limited, first edition, hardcover copy of the book or by selecting one of the other rewards offered to help raise the funds to self-publish this book. This is the only chance that we have to publish and release this book in January 2016.

The money raised will be used to self-publish this amazing history. Other than printing the book, the next largest expense is editors. Editors are important in traditional publishing but even more so when self publishing a book that exposes a history that has not been widely written about or discussed. Vetting this book from every angle is absolutely necessary.

  • Editor ($2,500) 
  • Civil War/Reconstruction Editor ($3,000) 
  • Continuity Editor ($2,500)
  • Printing Book: hardcover,  Paperback and eBook  ($12,000)
  • Shipping/packaging ($5,000) - U.S. only (book and poster)
  • TOTAL:  Publishing    =  $30,500
  • FEES: Kickstarter fee     $  1,525
  • Transaction fees             $  1,525
  • TAXES:                            $  4,000
  • Total:                               $37,550

By raising just over $37,000, I will create an amazing limited, first edition hardcover book, that documents this important aspect of American history. The first edition hardcover book is an exclusive offer for Kickstarter backers.  This campaign is the only chance to print a limited, first edition, hardcover book that shares this amazing aspect of American history.

Risks and challenges

The challenge to completing this project is raising the funds to get the editors started editing the manuscript in order to meet the January 2016 release of the limited, first edition, hardcover book. To mitigate this risk, I will continuously communicate with backers and potential backers to get their support to make their pledge to pre-order my book and to get them to share notices about this book with their families and friends. There is a chance that printing and shipping schedules could be impacted by weather and could impact the book release date. I am, however, sure that these risks and challenges are manageable and that there are enough descendants of this history, who like me, will want to pre-order their copy of the book to see this history shared.

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