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Seeds of Slavery by Joseph F. Baiden

BASED ON TRUE EVENTS — Two businessmen seduced by the opportunities of the Gold Coast. Two lovers twice denied happiness by another man’s greed. Two young men of mixed African and European heritage exploited by unscrupulous leaders from both worlds. One boy who makes his own destiny . . .

In 1667 Samuel Hastings and his business partner, Albert Dross, set sail for Africa to earn their fortunes in trans-Atlantic slave trafficking. This decision will change the lives of hundreds, inciting kings to war and tearing families apart to support a trade that will spread untold wealth—and shame—across three continents and two centuries.

Mussah and Hawa, young lovers forced apart by a father’s debts, are arrested for adultery and then reunited on a slave ship bound for the New World. They fear the worst—being separated—but nothing can prepare them for the trials they encounter on the ship and where the Middle Passage takes them.

Seeds of Slavery by Joseph F. Baiden
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Hardcover: $29.95 | Paperback: $26.75 | eBook: $9.99
  • ISBNS: 9781733303309 | 9781733303316 | 9781733303323

Kirkus Review Says:

“Based on true events, the plot plumbs the kaleidoscopic complexity of slavery . . . a bold first novel that nimbly blends scenes of emotional drama with historical verisimilitude. An unflinching fictional exploration . . .”

AMANDA ROFE SAYS:

“. . . the human condition is laid bare from the point of view of both the slave trader and the slave. Seeds Of Slavery could easily become a classic.”

ROMUALD DZEMO SAYS:

“The conflict is both historical and cultural and the author demonstrates how the slave trade was enabled . . . Baiden builds a story with characters who help readers to understand some of the most painful betrayals in human history.”
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CONT. — Kofi and Kwesi are mixed-race middlemen who see no harm, and plenty of profit, in playing politics with a pair of kings, until that leads to murder and torture. As much pawns in the game as the captive slaves, they are forced into committing crimes against their own people. Each man must choose between wealth and power in the cutthroat world he helped create or a simple life in which he can find peace and self-respect.

Akoto is a boy who reacts without thinking about the consequences, always leaping into trouble to try to help the ones he loves. Can he save himself when the time comes to risk everything?

Set during the early years of the slave trade in West Africa, Seeds of Slavery uncovers painful truths about the tribal leaders and European traders who created a global exchange of human lives for gold and guns that would dislocate families, weaken identities, and impart a legacy of loss and pain for generations to come.

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About the Author

Joseph F. Baiden was born and grew up in West Africa, where he gained his knowledge of and love for African culture. Baiden is proud to share both through his stories. His goal is to help readers understand slavery from an African perspective, using characters, some fictional and some historical, to tell the story. This book was written to answer questions for those who are wondering about their African ancestors. Mainly, the author would like to keep the history of human slavery alive in people’s minds so that we can avoid repeating our past mistakes. This novel exists to create awareness around the origins of slavery in Africa as well as the deep agony and despair it has inflicted. Baiden tells stories to fulfill an ongoing mission to inform, educate, and entertain people from all walks of life.

Seeds of Slavery
Book Reviews

Based on true events, the plot plumbs the kaleidoscopic complexity of slavery … a bold first novel that nimbly blends scenes of emotional drama with historical verisimilitude. An unflinching fictional exploration . . .”

— KIRKUS REVIEW

“. . . the human condition is laid bare from the point of view of both the slave trader and the slave. Seeds Of Slavery could easily become a classic.”

— AMANDA ROFE

“The conflict is both historical and cultural and the author demonstrates how the slave trade was enabled . . . Baiden builds a story with characters who help readers to understand some of the most painful betrayals in human history.”

— ROMUALD DZEMO

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