The Free Negress Elisabeth




      The Free Negress Elisabeth
Elisabeth Samson, a free black Surinamese woman who lived in 18th century Dutch Guyana, is the central character in this compelling novel Challenging the prevailing racial stereotypes by demonstrating her intelligence and business acumen, she is determined to marry a white man in defiance of all established norms and conventions Set amidst the rich backdrop of the Golden Age of Suriname, this biographical account depicts the complex social and racial stratifications which were features of slave colonies of the era as well as this remarkable woman who overcame institutionalized discrimination and prejudice to become one of the wealthiest individuals in the slave colony of Dutch Guyana. Read The Free Negress Elisabeth – bluevapours.co.uk

McLeod was born in Paramaribo as Cynthia Ferrier she is the daughter of Johan Ferrier, the first President of Suriname, and the sister of author Leo Henri Ferrier.She completed her secondary school education in Suriname and continued her education in the Netherlands, where she studied to become a teacher in Child Care and Education She married Dr Donald McLeod whom she met in the Netherlands In 1962 they went to Suriname, where McLeod studied for a teaching degree in Dutch Language and Dutch Literature From 1969 to 1978 she taught Dutch Language and Literature in pre university education in Paramaribo Her husband, Donald McLeod, was appointed in 1978 as Suriname s Ambassador to Venezuela Then he became Suriname s Ambassador to Belgium and the United States of America Abroad McLeod started writing and especially during her stay in Belgium she had the opportunity to do research in the archives of The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Emmerich, and K ln.In 1986 the McLeods returned to Suriname and in 1987 her debut novel Hoe duur was de suikerThe cost of sugar was published by publisher Vaco in Paramaribo The first print was sold out within a few weeks and Cynthia McLeod became the most famous Surinamese novelist overnight Later this historical novel about the sugar cane industry in the 18th century was published under license by her Dutch publisher Conserve Soon other historical novels from her hand appeared, such as Hitchin wegwijzer vervolging.As a result of her long research McLeod has gained a wealth of knowledge about Surinamese history knowledge she gladly shares with others For the Surinamese school youth she organizes free educational trips with her motorized vessel, the Sweet Merodia During these tours over the Surinamese Rivers, past former plantations, she captivates her audience with stories about its interesting past She further engages in historic city tours through the centre of historic Paramaribo, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2002.

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  • Paperback
  • 316 pages
  • The Free Negress Elisabeth
  • Cynthia McLeod
  • English
  • 02 August 2019
  • 190514783X

10 thoughts on “ The Free Negress Elisabeth

  1. Kathleen Nay says:

    I had the priviledge of visiting my in laws, living in Paramaribo, Suriname, who own a copy of this book and know the author I thought it was fantastic to be able to read this obviously well researched historical novel, based on the life of a woman who not only lived during the time period 1700s in Suriname, which was at the time called Dutch Guiana but who would have had a unique perspective and influence on the events of the time Being in Paramaribo while reading the book afforded me the I had the priviledge of visiting my in ...

  2. Marianne Braam says:

    De titel is inderdaad raak gekozen Als vrijgeborenen of vrijgekochte slaaf, was je nooit echt vrij Nooitmochten ze aan het leven meedoen Elisabeth heeft veel bereikt met hard werken Ik heb de indruk dat er veel haat en nijd...

  3. Marie says:

    Suriname Will I ever be able to leave here Am I doomed to spend the rest of my days as an exile in a foreign land,where I know almost no one and where I have no family What a difficult, complicated world The color of my skin makes me a prisoner, imprisoned for being black I am a prisoner of color What must a person do to live a normal life It was a crazy world, especially when it came to the rules made up by whites White, Christians, claim the right to load their ships with Negroes and Suriname Will I ever be able to leave here Am I doomed to spend the rest of my days as an exile in a foreign land,where I know almost no one and where I have no...

  4. Kojo says:

    Cynthia s research and storytelling is a tour de force which helps you walk thei streets of Paramaribo and ride on the rivers and creeks through a period of history in a part of the world unknown in many ways Th...

  5. Annerie Brenninkmeijer says:

    Interesting look at life in Suriname in the 1700s during the time of slavery and white plantation owners The fact that the story of the ambitious free negress Elisabeth is based on fact and deep historical research makes it fascin...

  6. Daniel Gamboa says:

    What a journey This is an incredible book to read and learn about a country which we usually hear nothing about Suriname It is also a great source of information about the way people from this former Dutch colony were seen in the Netherlands It offers a great picture of the good, the bad and the ugly about living in Suriname and its history during colonial times, and, to some extend, in the Netherlands I only have a few observations The book is written in a non fiction style The use of the What a journey This is an incredible book to read and learn about a country which we usually hear nothing about Suriname It is also a great source of information about the way people from this former Dutch colony wer...

  7. Harry Rutherford says:

    This is the novelised true story of Elisabeth Samson, a freeborn black woman in C18th Suriname, when it was a Dutch colony built on slave labour She became one of the richest landowners in the colony and fought a legal battle for the right to marry a white man, successfully arguing that Dutch law superseded the colonial law against it.The introduction explains that it is the result of twelve years of historical research, and I think that s a strength and a weakness the best thing about the This is the novelised true story of Elisabeth Samson, a freeborn black woman in C18th Suriname, when it was a Dutch colony built on slave labour She became one of the richest landowners in the colony and fought a legal battle for the right to marry a white man, successfully arguing that Dutch law superseded the colonial law against it.The introduction explains that it is the result of twelve years of historical research, and I think that s a strength and a weakness the best thing about the book is the amount of interesting historical detail, but it does feel a bit like a novel...

  8. Amy "the book-bat" says:

    This book fulfills requirement 2 A book set in a country that starts with the letter S It is set in Suriname.Elizabeth Samson was born as a free black in Suriname in the 1700 s I found it interesting how distinctions were made based on skin color There were whites, blacks, and coloreds The whites were mostly from Holland and France and there were also some Jewish The black...

  9. Shelley says:

    This thoroughly researched tale of slavery under the Dutch was very saddening to me, even though I have read many such stories, but under slave masters of different nationalities I had always heard that the Dutch were the most cruel slave owners this book, and the author herself, confirms it Despite this, I enjoyed this book and the history therein thoroughly The s of this era under the Dutch are fascinating, and all theso because in Holland then, nothing similar pertained The This thoroughly researched tale of slave...

  10. Sunnykimmy says:

    This book is written by an author from my country I read the Dutch version years ago and I absolutely loved it, which was surprising While I usually don t read historical books, whether it s historical romance or non fiction, I thought this was beautiful It doesn t read like a history lesson, but rather like a story so colorfully told that you get sucked in completely Definitely worth the read Hmm I might re read this one myself and write a better review.Dit is een prachtig boek Jaren This book is written by an author from my countr...

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