The Self-Liberation of Parson Sykes highlights the crucial role that the Black troops and their White officers played during the civil war as members of the United States Colored Troops (USCT). The novel describes how Parson, who had a clear vision for his future and aspired to achieve freedom in his life, decided to act in 1864 during the Civil War and fled with his brothers from their slave master. They enlisted in the Union Army as members of the United States Colored Troops (USCT), where they discovered that there, too, they had to face prejudice and discrimination against Black soldiers.
Mason says of the novel, “The story of Parson’s self-liberation and his military service has always intrigued me. I hope this documentary style novel, which is based on a true story, will draw attention to the important role Black soldiers and their White officers played during the Civil War as members of United States Colored Troops (USCT).” Though less heralded, the USCT regiments were the precursors to Black army units famously nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen.
David J. Mason provides readers with a detailed story and a lot of food for thought. Above all, he emphasized his great-grandfather’s thirst for freedom, making him a remarkable and captivating figure. Furthermore, Mason paints a clear picture of people and events. He ably captures the mindset of Parsons owner Jacob Williams and clarifies the role played by black soldiers in the war.
Literary Titan recently reviewed the novel and said, “This enlightening story provides a glimpse into the brutality of this oppression, and the inhumane hardships enslaved people had to endure… I highly recommend this informative and thought-provoking novel for its candid and realistic narration…”
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