Book: Slave - Escaping The Chains of Freedom by Jacqueline Malcolm
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Jacqueline Malcolmabout this book: I wrote SLAVE: Escaping the Chains of Freedom as, being born a black person living and growing up in England I've always been truly fascinated by the stories I have been told about my own ancestors filtered down through the years; about my own great great grandmother who was, apparently, the head slave and mistress of a Scottish slave owner and how that union still shows with my uncle who has black skin but green eyes, cousins born with bright red hair and even I myself, who was born so fair that when my mother tried to take me out of the hospital in 1968 Northampton, she was accused of trying to steal a white baby!!
In 2010 African American's made up just over 12% of the US population. In 2001, the UK Census showed approximately 2% Black British (over 1 million living in London alone). All of us can share a similar story and for the most part are intrigued to know more. I believe 'ROOTS' did much to shine a light on the slave trade of the southern states of the US but SLAVE: Escaping the Chains of Freedom opens the door to the debate of those blacks who made great wealth themselves from the slave trade; those that were not victims but part of the very controversial, yet booming, trade industry of that period.
With the global downfall of the world market and so many, of all races, desperate to redefine themselves, the US and UK audience are ready for another 'ROOTS', for another 'AMISTAD' especially as SLAVE: Escaping the Chains of Freedom motivates from an alternative view point of the wealthy blacks which neither of these great stories really addressed.
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