In his Biographical Novel FreeJoe, Earnest Edward Lacey relates the life of Joseph “FreeJoe” Harris, the son of a white plantation owner and a black slave. Harris overcame his beginnings to become a true Renaissance Man. After gaining his own freedom, he purchased the freedom of various family members through his success as a farmer, architect, and innkeeper. He also owned and operated a stagecoach line and served as a Baptist minister.
FreeJoe follows Harris’s life from the presidency of George Washington through the upheaval of the Civil War years and beyond. Readers will cheer for the Harris family as they confront wartime dangers, racial intolerance, and personal tragedies.
In his personal crusade against slavery, which involved purchasing land to provide jobs for anyone who would work, Harris demonstrated how the South could survive economically without slaves. His success guided other newly freed slaves as they made the transition to independent life. A captivating tale about a man’s faith in God, and his determination to use that faith to help his family and his people. Harris’s legacy provides new insight into race relations in America.
Earnest Edward Lacey
Title: FreeJoe: A Story of Faith, Love and Perseverance
Publisher: FreeJoe Enterprises, Memphis, TN
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Casebound Hardcover
Book Condition: Excellent
Book Type: Biography, Nonfiction
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