This is a powerful historical novel that immediately captures the reader's attention with its portrayal of the Antebellum South from the perspective of a Black slave owner. It is based upon the life of Andrew Durnford, who built a successful sugar plantation on the banks of the Mississippi, 35 miles below New Orleans. The author obtained his information for the novel from the old records of St. Rosalie Plantation, Durnford's letters, Probate Records, newspapers from the period, and historical accounts relating to New Orleans prior to the Civil War. Through his portrayal of Andrew Durnford, Daudert brings to the reader a better understanding of the various issues and attitudes that were common toward the institution of slavery during this era. Daudert has addressed slavery in an honest and unbiased manner, and The Temptation of St. Rosalie will impact readers directly with its representation of this controversial subject.
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At the time of Andrew Durnford's birth, Louisiana belonged to Spain. Four years later, the land was given back to France and promptly sold to the United States. Louisiana prospered as an American Slave State. Andrew Durnford prospered as an American slave owner. As a physician, he treated both blacks and whites. As a philosopher, he read and wrote in French and English. But he was troubled owning black slaves, and wrote, "As to that part of my disposition respecting the class to whom I belong, I hope a day will come that I will be able to do better for them. He! who sees the remotest part of a man's heart knows that I mean well." Then he boarded ship with that year's sugar production and left for Virginia with Barba, his personal body servant, to buy slaves at bargain prices.About the Author:
The author of several short stories and magazines, and three novels, Charles Daudert presently lives with one foot in Mandeville, LA, his home base for sailing throughout the Carribean, and one footin Kalamazoo, MI, where he returns each summer for more serious work. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University and Wayne Law School. The author retired recently from law practice to apply himself full-time to writing.
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Book Description Hansa-Hewlett Publishing Compa, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110945732023