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SUMMER’S HARVEST

Book Summary:

This book shares the story of one black family’s struggle against murder and racism through 3 generations. Travel with a slave name Jeremiah as he makes a thrilling escape from slavery and follow him in this amazing journey as he is closely pursued by two relentless slave catchers and their dogs. During his travels, you’ll meet an old Irish sea captain, who tells Jeremiah an unbelievable story of the slave trade, and his final voyage/adventure on the high seas that brought him unbearable sorrow and ended his career.  After serving in the Union Army and as a free man Jeremiah embarks on a journey, back to the deep south in search of his parents. He was separated and sold as a young boy at the age of seven. Witness as the Klan takes over a small southern town and goes on a murderous rampage. Be inspired as a white southern sheriff takes a stand to do the right thing and is nearly killed in the process. Finally the book reaches its climax when the town’s deep dark secret is revealed.

This book brings you back in time, to the darkest annals in America's  history, from 1845 to 1939. 

The Ku Klux Klan first appeared in Arkansas in April 1868. In the years after the Civil War, Africans not only had to struggle to achieve equality under the law, but—along with their white supporters—they had to endure intimidation, whippings, shootings, and murders. Although much of the racial violence was random, it was also during this time that the KKK began its long history of using violence to achieve political ends.

The spring of 1865, at the end of the war, the south problems: Destruction, hunger, lawlessness and violence was over shadowed by the more than a million African Americans refugees that were homeless, separated from families and wondering what to do now.

Death as a result of poverty was not the only thing that affected the ex-slave’s life in the post civil war era. Emancipation introduced new hardships, such as insecurities and humiliation. The prevalent poverty among ex-slaves during the Reconstruction Era resulted in a lack of nourishment and medical care which in turn caused a high mortality rate for African Americans, especially children. Illness left former slaves with the burden of unpaid medical bills or the inability to access proper medical care. Deficiencies caused African Americans to resort to the treatment of diseases with herbal and home remedies. The 1900 Census reveals 30 per 1,000 blacks died each year as opposed to only 17 per 1,000 whites.

The Emancipation of 1863 gave 4 million African-American slaves their freeman.But most freed slaves never had access to “Free” land.To save enough cash to buy their farms, they worked for many years in a climate of growing hostility from whites.By 1910 black farmers had accumulated 218,972 farms and nearly 15 million acres.

This poster from 1829 advertises a slave auction. Slaves were advertised and sold, along with other commodities.

Negroes for sale during the days of slavery resulted in the break-up of families.

Runaway Slave Reward Poster for Henry May, in Louisville, Kentucky 1838.

  Editing, Publishing and Distribution 

How's Your Writing Skills?

Become a backer and test your writing skills. Dianna and I challenge any would be writer to write a better section within “Summer’s Harvest.” If your rewrite is deemed better, it would be used in the place of ours. For this achievement you’ll be added to the list of co-writers, within the book and you’ll also share in the book’s profits.

Rewrite Submissions

Backers must send an email letting us know they are interested in participating in the rewrite challenge. At that point they will receive a PDF copy of the unedited manuscript. The writer can choose any section of the manuscript to rewrite. Please list page number and the original section/content you are rewriting. There is a minimum of 150 words for each rewrite.

Send your rewrite submissions, name, email address and any questions or comments to: dianna@shthebook.com

Those that submit successful rewrites will be contacted by email.

Rewrite Deadline

Those who wish to participate in the rewrite challenge, all rewrite submissions must be submitted by September 10, 2015.

Compensation For Rewrite Usage

Those rewrites selected will be added during the editing process, 25% of the book’s profits will be place in a special account and paid out quarterly to each of the co-writers. Each co-writers share of the book’s profits will depend on the amount of rewrite material used. This process will give you the backer the opportunity to participate in the book’s success and improve the quality of the book for the reader’s enjoyment. 

Accept our challenge and give us your best creative writing. Read the manuscript, put your thinking cap on, get your creative juices flowing and send in those rewrites. Good luck! 

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