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Thomas Oliver Ott - Saturday and the Witch Woman


About the book:

On August 22nd, 1791, the Haitian war of independence began in flames. On that night known as the Night of Fire over 100,000 slaves rose up against their hated French overlords, burning every Plantation, and executing every French man, woman, and show how they could find. One slave named Saturday, dared save the lives of his master's to young white children, smuggled them to safety and fostered them over a period Of 40 years. Delivered through a series of letters, author and historian Thomas o. Ott accurately describes the history and social landscape of Saturday's time, telling the true version of his life, not just what Plantation Masters and their families wanted and even demanded hearing. Despite being a slave, Saturday was not only literate, but was widely read and spoke 7 languages. Two were African, Tour Afro-American oh, and three were European. Even as he unfolds his life story, Saturday recognized the danger of releasing it during his lifetime, even to his boys. Thus it was not until Saturday's death in 1850 that Philip Cartrand , the older of the children, learned the true story of Saturday and the witch woman.

Thomas Ott has earned his Ph.D. in Caribbean History from the University of Tennessee. He Authored The Haitian Revolution. 1791-1804 which stands as one of the important books on that subject. His interest in Haiti’s great slave rebellion has led him to promote the importance of its leader, Toussaiot I’Ouverture, before academic and general audiences.

In 2010 Professor Ott retired from the University of North Alabama to write the story of Saturday, a slave on the French side of the author’s ancestors and a participant in the world’s greatest slave rebellion.

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