Belonging: The Civil War’s South We Never Knew

by Derek B. Hankerson & Judith Y. Shearer



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/29/2015

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480820012
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480820005
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480820029

About the Book

G.A. Henry defended a slave in court, but years later he fought for the Confederacy. The question is why?

Continuing the creative nonfiction narrative she began in her first book, All Bones Be White, Judith Shearer--whose family owned slaves--teams up with Derek Boyd Hankerson--some of whose family were slaves--to reveal Henry’s motivations in the second part of an action-packed trilogy.

In the book, you’ll learn why some blacks fought for the South during the Civil War, how DNA testing is helping uncover new information about the past, and the black experience in the Southern states leading up to our nation’s deadliest war.

More importantly, you’ll find out what happened to Cassy, the Kentucky slave who was put on trial for allegedly killing a white woman. Henry did his best to save her life, but what happened would change the course of his life.

Delve into an important story that’s been forgotten for too long, and gain a clearer picture of what the South was like for blacks before and during the nation’s split with Belonging: The Civil War’s South We Never Knew.

About the Author

Judith Shearer earned an MFA in writing from Spalding University. Until recently she taught part time as adjunct faculty in the English and Philosophy Department at Murray State University and worked full time in the Art & Design Department.

Derek Hankerson grew up in Prince George’s County, MD, held three “Presidential Appointments” in Washington, D.C., dating back to his early twenties. He is a direct Gullah Geechee descendent. He earned his MA in Management and Leadership from Webster University, studied Communications at Bowie State and graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. He is a faculty member at three Florida colleges and universities where he lectures in history, leadership, communications and politics. Hankerson is a world travler, conducts primary research and is a documentary film producer.