#LiteraryFiction: High Cotton
by PJ Dunn
(Forest City, n.c.)
High Cotton chronicles the life of a 12 year old boy, his kidnapping, and being sold into slavery.
He suffered torture and abuse and witnessed horrible events prior to and during his journey via slave trader ship to America. He was auctioned to a plantation and eventually emancipated. He returns to the sea aboard the same ship he arrived on, and remains until the death of the ships Captain.
Left a substantial amount of money by the Captain only to be conned by a carpetbagger, he looses everything and ends up a beggar on the streets of St. Louis. A very talented entertainer, even though a black man in a society of white aristocracy, he gains popularity and becomes an owner of a night club and faces adversity on every hand.
Hi. My name is PJ Dunn. Growing up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and especially in Kings Mountain, enhanced an interest in the American Revolution that was birthed at an early age with a visit to the Kings Mountain National Military Park.
Yearly family reunions at nearby Lake Crawford, in the South Carolina portion of the park, gave easy access to visits to the National Park Museum, walks along the trails, and never missing a closeup view of the gravesite of Major Patrick Ferguson and an opportunity to throw another rock onto the rock pile signifying the grave and a climb to the top of the rock pile to declare, "I am King of this Mountain."
A lifelong dream of authoring a book based on my actual ancestors, came to reality. Living near the Kings Mountain National Park and also, a short distance from the Cowpens National Park only serves to fuel my imagination, and desire to share even more stories based on the Revolution.
History is key to all of my writings. My first project, King of the Mountain, was based on my actual ancestors in the Revolutionary War. High Cotton reflects the terrible "Maafa" or African holocaust during the mid to late 1800's.
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