Ain't No Black Men: From Slave to Soldier to Savior

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HISTORICAL FICTION SUSPENSE/THRILLER ACTION WAR

19th Century

Bob Iverson

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Jackboy escapes slavery and joins Sherman's Army. Still guilty for causing the break-up of his family, he is stunned to learn his father is being held by the same cruel Slave Patrol Captain who pursued him. He leads an attack that frees his father and 60 blacks being hunted for sport.

Genre

Historical Fiction,Suspense/Thriller,Action,War

Short Summary

Jackboy escapes bondage, evades the South's cruelest slave patrol captain, and joins the Union Army. He rises to sergeant and leads black soldiers to raid plantations for supplies. He learns his former pursuer is selling hunting trips using slaves as prey, and his long-lost father is among them.


Jackboy persuades white abolitionist officers to launch a raid to free his father and 60 other slaves destined to be hunted as prey animals on the plantation of the slave patroller who once pursued him. They free everyone and raze the property, but uncover something worse, cannibalism.

Setting

Civil War era South Carolina

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity,Nudity,Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Jackboy

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Complex,Uneducated,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Selfless,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Skillful,Funny,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Lt. Jack Johnson

Age: 25

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Modest,Complex,Badass,Decisive,Empathetic,Faithful,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Skillful,Visionary,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: William Cathecart

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Crazy,Criminal,Greedy,Leader,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Skillful,Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: May Cathecart

Age: 38

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Crazy,Criminal,Desperate,Greedy,Insecure,Naive,Villainous,Sexy,Seductive

Development Pitch

Jackboy is a strong undeterred black hero figure who is clever and engaging in pursuit of a single obsession to free his people. He accepts help from his friend and mentor, Lt. Jack Johnson, who is a mild mannered educated Union officer with the heart of a stone-cold battlefield killer. They form a mutually beneficial alliance and persuade Gen. Henry Slocum to let them recruit an all-black unit of raiders that commandeers supplies along Sherman's March to the Sea. On a solo scouting foray, Jackboy uncovers a plot by dispossessed Confederate plantation owners to overrun Johnson's small outpost camp. Running all night, Jackboy arrives in time for them to set up a withering crossfire with Johnson's 6 troopers and their Henry rifles. They kill all the rebels and present Slocum with 25 horses and 3 wagons of spoils. From then on they can name their missions. Pumping information from runaway slaves Jackboy discovers the slave patrol captain who chased him is the notorious, William Cathecart. He is about to unleash a party of wealthy southern elites who have paid handsomely to hunt and kill slaves for sport. He is stunned to learn his long-lost father may be among them. Adding to the urgency, they also discover that Cathecart has been butchering and turning murdered slaves in smoked meat, which he has been selling for years. Jackboy and Johnson arrive in time to kill all the Confederates and free the slaves. Jackboy and his father reunite. They raze the plantation to end the evil.

About The Author

I’m from a Midwestern Air Force family that was stationed in Selma, Alabama during the 1950s. I came home from grade school with outlandish tales of Confederate nobility, contented slaves, and Northern oppression. My parents set me straight, so I never embraced the prevailing white supremacy that dehumanized blacks. Instead, it sparked a life-long commitment to expose racist revisionist history. I was a pilot for Eastern Air Lines before founding and running two of my own airlines. My latest published book is When KIWIs Flew: The Diary of a Mad Airline Entrepreneur. I’m married to Ellen, the great love of my life who is also my editing partner.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Civil War history buffs, anti-racists, slave rebellion buffs, black hero lovers

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1-9772-2929-8

Genre

SUSPENSE, DRAMA, WAR

Brief

Jackboy has spent his life as a slave on plantations in South Carolina. He escapes from one of the most evil slave hunter in the South, William Cathecart. Jackboy ends up fitting for the Union in the Civil War, being a great asset to the cause. Jackboy goes back to South Carolina to rescue his father and others from Cathecart's sadistic rule.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story is a very hard and realistic view of slavery told from the perspective of an enslaved person. This also explores some of the horrific abuse that slave owners exacted against their slaves which isn't often seen on screen. It is also an empowering story because Jackboy reaches freedom and becomes a leader in the Union army.

Possible Drawbacks

This story is a hard read because of the detailed abuse against enslaved blacks, specifically the sexual abuse. Both genders of all ages were used for sexual sport as well as for hunting sport. It is hard to digest especially as Black American. This shouldn't be avoided because it is necessary to show the truth.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is the Jackboy escapes slavery and fights with the Union against the South. When he learns that feared slave hunter, Cathecart, has his father, he enlist the Union army to aid him in freeing the slaves on Cathecart's plantation. I would watch this movie for the retribution enslaved people get against their tormentors.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase but does not have wide appeal. It is a hard look at America's sordid history and is also difficult to watch which would make the audience smaller.

Awards Potential

This story does have awards potential. There is a very inspiring story here and stories about human suffering and triumph do garner awards buzz.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE BIRTH OF A NATION, GLORY

What’s New About the Story

The story is original because it shows former slaves exacting revenge on their slave masters. Generally, slaves are seen reaching freedom and not looking back. Jackboy is able to help the Union army and become an asset to them. He uses that leverage to help those he left behind. This story has a satisfying ending.

Lead Characters

Jackboy is a inspiring character with heart who faces down the evils in the world with courage and conviction. He was born into slavery, separated from his parents but fights to get away from that life. He becomes a leader and returns to help those escape the horrors he witnessed.

Uniqueness of Story

This film is a solid drama. Slave dramas can be difficult to digest and the case can be made to move on from only telling them when Black Americans have a broader history. Overall, it is a well written story with heart.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

This story has what many movies about slavery do not: revenge. Jackboy is able to give satisfaction to many of the enslaved Black characters when he kills all Cathecart's coconspirators, his family and the man himself. There are many horrible realities explored here but it is also important for the world to know some of the more despicable acts done against enslaved people. It has an entertaining storyline with a powerful message.