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Why Can't I Talk About Slavery
Why Can't I Talk About Slavery

by Frances L. Smith

with illustrations by Zach Osborn

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ISBN To be announced

Release date: June 1, 2015.

This collection of stories from survivors of American slavery, curated by Frances L. Smith, brings history to life painting a picture of the everyday life of slaves from their own perspectives. Extensive research and careful choosing of recollections give the reader a clearer understanding of the real life circumstances of the average African in bondage. A perfect blend of heartbreaking and humorous stories that are updated for the modern reader while maintaining the true voice of the people who are interviewed, this book is charming and thought provoking.

Tales of Old New Milford: History, Legend and Lore
A Look At African-American Governors

by Frances L. Smith

with illustrations by Zach Osborn

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ISBN 978-0-9816781-9-1

In A Look At Black Governors, Frances L. Smith explores a lesser known aspect of Colonial New England society and culture. Through her experience researching local histories, the reader gets to know some of the characters and controversies from pre-Civil War America. Students and educators will find the appendices helpful for research and lovers of history will find many interesting facts worthy of further reading. Frances Smith’s easy to understand, conversational writing, combined with attractive illustrations by Zach Osborn, provides an intriguing glimpse into this unique tradition.

The Black Holocaust of American Slavery and the Underground Railroad
The Black Holocaust of American Slavery and the Underground Railroad

by Frances L. Smith

with illustrations by Zach Osborn

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ISBN 978-0-9816781-8-4

Frances L. Smith provides a fresh look at the history of slavery in America and a historical review of the Underground Railroad. With specific references to New Milford, Connecticut, she provides a more personal understanding of the struggles and suffering people faced through the black holocaust of American slavery, and those who fought for freedom. The beautiful, full-color illustrations from Zach Osborn, along with additional reference photos, help further the reader’s understanding.

About The Author

Frances L SmithFrances L. Smith has lived in New Milford, CT for more than 32 years. An independent historian, she is a research genealogist and member of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. She has served as President for Black Families of New Milford and as a member of the New Milford Historical Society, Litchfield Historical Society, and Brookfield Historical Society and has been a curator and lecturer. She is the author of several books of history and poetry and is a Connecticut Outstanding Woman of the Year for her humanitarian work. She has served on the board for the Visiting Nurse Association of New Milford, New Milford Board of Education, Mid-Western Council on Alcoholism, and Commission on Child Abuse. Her poetry is listed in the Editor’s Choice Awards for outstanding achievement in poetry presented by the National Library of Poetry in 1998. Other books by Francis L. Smith include a poetry book entitled “Quiet Moments” and history books “Images of America—New Milford” and “The Underground Railroad”. Several books are currently in production including "Front Porches" and "Why Can't I Talk About Slavery" which are both scheduled to be released in the summer of 2015.

To purchase books, arrange speaking engagements, interviews or book signings, email andy@arkett.com.

About The Illustrator

Zach Osborn graduated in June 2002 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. It was at this college that he earned his degree in Sequential Art & Illustration and learned the art of comics, story boarding, conceptual design and computer coloring. He currently resides in the rolling hills of Sherman, Connecticut. Some of Zach’s inspiration has come from comic book artists such as Frank Miller and Greg Capullo. Zach also admires the conceptual art of Brian Froud and Allen Lee. He has a passion for the wilderness and is inspired by the unknown. Zach can be contacted at: zachgosborn@excite.com.