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New Historical Book about Ambition and Determination in the Civil War era of American history

Martyr to Freedom: The Life and Death of Captain Daniel Drayton

Author: Zachary J. Martin

Hamilton Books (member of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group)

~From the Publisher:

Captain Daniel Drayton is a relatively unknown figure of American history. He lived the life of an Atlantic Coastal trader and Abolitionist, and is memorable for his bravery in transporting seventy-seven fugitive slaves to the North on his ship the Pearl. In the summer of 1857, Drayton came to the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts and took his own life. This work investigates his possible reasons for doing so. Captain Daniel Drayton's life was filled with ambition and afflicted by failure-history sometimes forgets that those who have failed are just as valuable as those who succeeded. Martyr to Freedom illuminates the sad but honorable life of the Abolitionist, set in a historical context. Readers of all ages can gain a sense of understanding and respect for this tragic time in American history, and the people who helped bring us out of it.

~About the Author:

Zachary J. Martin is a twenty-five year old Adjunct American History Professor at Bristol Community College and Roger Williams University. He received his Bachelors Degree in History from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his Masters Degree in American History from Providence College. Martyr to Freedom is Professor Martin's first book, and he is dedicated to the study of history. He has focused a great deal of his studies on the sociological, economical and political aspects of nineteenth-century American history, with emphasis on the Civil War era. Professor Martin is a native of Fairhaven, Massachusetts and currently lives in Fall River, Massachusetts. He will be moving shortly to pursue a Ph.D. in American History.

~Table of Contents:

Preface; The End and the Beginning; Rebirth; The Watery Trail; Trials and Tribulations; Heart and Home: The Long Road into the Night; Epilogue; Bibliography;
Index; About the Author
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