Rochelle H. Schwab As Far as Blood Goes

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As Far as Blood Goes

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As Far as Blood Goes is a biographical novel that chronicles the efforts of a talented, unhappy black youngster to escape slavery and become a physician (as is his white natural father). Though the hero, Michael , is fictional, his accomplishments parallel those of hundreds of now-forgotten black men and women who overcame the crushing barriers of their times to lead lives of quiet achievement and dignity.

Michael Mabaya's story is the stuff of great fiction for after her achieves his goal and becomes a respected physician he draws attention to himself by reading a controversial paper he's written at a medical convention. The result: he is taken back to Virginia to be sold as a common slave. His only hope is that his father acknowledges him at last -- and his white brother will come to his rescue!

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Rochelle H. Schwab is a truly gifted storyteller. In this extraordinary first book, Rochelle H. Schwab writes with power, insight and conviction... and a sense of history that puts the reader into the scene....into the times and the experience.

From the Author:

When the character of Michael first came to me, I saw him as a boy of sixteen rebelling against the slavery that circumscribed his life. I'd had an interest in African-American history for years and had been reading the autobiography of Frederick Douglass, which inspired one of the early scenes in the novel. At the same time, as a mother of teenage children, I wanted to understand how this boy -- like Douglass -- could break free of slavery and become a proud, educated man in a society that did all it could to keep him down.

In researching and writing the book, I learned a great deal of largely forgotten African-American history. Michael is a fictional character, but there were other African-Americans who succeeded in becoming doctors in the ante-Bellum years when my book is set. Eight African-American physicians served in the Union army during the Civil War.

I also gained a greater appreciation for the prominent role black communities in the North played in abolition efforts, and for the efforts and risks numerous slaves and fugitives took to gain an education -- including a boycott of segregated Boston schools organized in the year 1849 by black parents seeking equal educational opportunities for their children. Michael's escape and recapture are played out against this background of the struggle for freedom and dignity of the African-American people.

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