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This is a very complex, compelling story involving a little known part of slavery in the United States- free people of color who themselves owned slaves. All the characters are vividly drawn.
posted May 21, 2006 at 10:01PM
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Slave owner; cruel to his slaves; reads Milton.
Powerful; former owner of the Townsend family; cruel to his slaves; prefers the company of his black mistress and the children he has by her.