Sandra Kay Merriam


SHADWELL is the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin award for best first novel.

Historically rich western New York and Canada is the setting for SHADWELL.As a young woman I walked the fields that runaway slaves used to esccape their hardships and wondered WHY? How could this have happened to humans? The uprising in the last century brought this wonderment to my mind and in retirement I found time to research and write this historical fiction.

A William and Mary College-mate of Thomas Jeffersons steals some slaves and transports them to Canada. The question arises, did Thomas really know this 'trick' was taking place?

Shadwell is the name of the Jefferson plantation prior to Montecello. After Shadwell burned, Thomas built his dream home on top of an adjoining mountain.

My career has been on a journey as CEO of a major corporation to adjunct professor, along with a Doctorate from Pepperdine University. I live in the Phoenix area with family and my Vizsla.

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SHADWELL'S SLAVES Escape to Freedom
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 107,810. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
In the late 1700's a collegemate of Thomas Jefferson (Jake) replaces some slaves and steals others away to Canada. They risk their lives and their reputations. A novel filled with warmth, love, concern for fellow man - along with adventure, excitement, love and romance.

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adventure    black history    canada    castleton    excitement    family    humanity    jeffersons    love    montecello    north carolina    port hope    quakers    risks    romance    shire horse    slave auction    slavery    virginia    william mary