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by Michelle Cliff

The axe is laid at the foot of the tree. When the first blow is struck there will be more money to help-M.E.P." This message was found on John Brown's body following his ill-fated raid on Harpers Ferry. History books do not record the contribution of his mysterious collaborator, "M.E.P.," but in Free Enterprise, acclaimed novelist Michelle Cliff tells the remarkable story of frontier legend Mary Ellen Pleasant and other extraordinary individuals silenced by the "official record." A potent and lyrical novel, Free Enterprise brings to life the passionate struggle for liberation which began in America not long after the first slaves landed on its shores.

Hardcover: 213 pages