Free to Be

When the Union army invades the South Carolina Sea Islands during the Civil War, the masters flee, abandoning their bumper crop and 8,000 slaves. The US Treasury hires them to work the cotton and life changes dramatically for Crecie, a denigrated slave. Baffled by the sudden changes, she longs for the old paternalistic order, unable to adapt until tragedy forces her to confront her fears. More
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  • Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
  • Words: 88,710
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9780996180818
About Gracie L. Chandler

Gracie Lewis Chandler enjoyed a successful career as an elementary school teacher before she began writing full-time. Her love of teaching provided many opportunities for creating short stories, poems, and of course, lesson plans!

In addition to various community organizations, she has volunteered at SICARS, Inc., (Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society), a grassroots organization that supports the heritage of the Gullah Geechee people. She is currently a member of the Hog Hammock Public Library Board on Sapelo Island, Georgia, the place of her birth. She grew up in nearby Brunswick, Georgia, but frequent visits to the island established early-on that Sapelo was home. It was a love of her nurturing Geechee upbringing and culture that led to the writing of Free to Be.

Gracie received her baccalaureate degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, (FAMU), Tallahassee, Florida and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado. It was at FAMU that she met her future husband, Tommy J. Chandler.

She ended her long career in education as a school library-media specialist, retiring first in Miami-Dade County, and later in Jacksonville, Florida, where she now resides. She and Tommy enjoy the company of friends, their church, and community organizations, as she writes the sequel to Free to Be.

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