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In the 18th century tropical Dutch colony of Suriname, wealth is measured by the number of slaves one owns. The Free Negress Elisabeth Samson, educated and wealthy owner of coffee plantations and hundreds of slaves, lives with a white military lieutenant, Carl Otto Creutz. Dutch law forbids marriage between black and white, so their relationship is called "Suriname marriage" by the colonists and "living in sin" by the Dutch Reformed Church.
Elisabeth Samson, Forbidden Bride is a fiction based on the true story of the first black woman to successfully challenge marriage laws upheld by the colonial Governor, the white planters who make up the Courts of Justice and Police, and Holland’s Society of Suriname. These powerful forces call her "whore", covet her property, and accuse her of treason.
Elisabeth Samson’s story is seen against a background of military conflict between plantation owners and runaway slaves, the Maroons who have established secret villages deep in the rainforest.
Rich with emotion and historical detail, Elisabeth Samson, Forbidden Bride takes place in a dramatic period in the history of the steamy South American country of Suriname, formerly Dutch Guiana. It’s the inspiring story of one woman who risked her wealth and her life to defy a long-established double stand
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As a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Suriname, South America, Carolyn Proctor (now Carolyn V. Hamilton) became fascinated with the history of the country and particularly the story of Elisabeth Samson. Carolyn is a graduate of Antioch University who has been a graphic designer, illustrator, teacher, magazine writer, and editor. She lives in Cuenca, Ecuador. Learn more at carolynvhamilton.comReview:
"Astute historical novel that breathes life into the legendary Free Negress Elisabeth Samson...tightly woven, evenly weighted picture of Suriname." -- Linda Lane, author, Malibu 90265
"Proctor has made reading her novel both enjoyable and enlightening. There is opulence and brutality, human kindness and primitive madness." -- Nevada Woman Magazine
"Proctor uses 'forbidden' subject in new novel." -- Las Vegas Sun
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