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the first historical novel for historian Julie E. Lee, looks into a little known episode in United States history illuminating the genesis of the struggle for civil rights at the dawn of Reconstruction.  The story takes the reader through an unforgettable journey of the unique 19th century society in Louisiana, steeped in a mosaic of deep-rooted heritage, culture and class, and its shattering shift of rights and status.

We invite you to read an excerpt of this novel in-progress!