The Lost Mulattos - The Hanscome Trilogy Book II

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18th Century,19th Century,Across Centuries

Dr. Joan Adsit Dickinson

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Third generation plantation owner, wealthy Thomas Hanscome, boldly loves beautiful and brazen mulatto Nancy Randall and openly raises their privileged six children in the flourishing Charleston mulatto culture, but the slave rebellions incite fear and their freedmen’s existence is threatened.


Action,Adventure,Drama,Epic,Family,Political,Melodrama,Historical Fiction,Romance,War

Short Summary

In 1752 Charles Town, Thomas Hanscome is stylishly wed. His father, the principled Presbyterian John’s Island planter, Aaron Hanscome, has finally traded his conscience for greed. The seed that slavery is good has been firmly implanted in Thomas. Life couldn’t be better. Then comes the hurricane.

After the Civil War, Thomas, now “W” for white, returns to Charleston to visit his devastated family and beloved land. His oldest daughter falls in love with the heir to their old plantation, is unable to marry him due to the miscegenation laws, and returns to Toronto, heartbroken.


John's Island SC Hanscom(b)e Plantation, Charleston SC Hanscomb(e) mansions, London England, Philadelphia and Bucks County PA, Toronto Canada

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return,Quest,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Meaningful Message,Other,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Thomas Hanscome

Age: 1760 -1831 lifespan

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Complex,Engaging,Flexible,Gracious,Heartthrob,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Outspoken,Skillful,Romantic,Seductive,Unapologetic,Greedy

Additional Character Details

Name: Nancy Randall AKA Ann Hanscome

Age: 1790 - 1860's lifespan

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Flexible,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Outspoken,Sexy,Skillful,Romantic,Masculine,Unapologetic,Insecure,Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Thomas Hanscome

Age: 1821 - 1894 lifespan

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Masculine,Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Greedy,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary,Romantic,Unapologetic,Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: Aaron Hanscom(b)e

Age: 1685-1760 lifespan

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Complex,Confident,Greedy,Insecure,Leader,Masculine,Skillful,Visionary,Outspoken,Charming,Engaging,Gracious,Religious

Development Pitch

The Lost Mulattos is another ROOTs true family saga that surprises, yes, spins an alternative history of slavery, one I never learned or taught in school. Black slave masters? Mulatto culture? Miscegenation? Doesn't love, as well as hate and greed, motivate? Is our insecure need to be better than others, the seed of prejudice, color-free? Well, my privileged family loved as well as exploited slaves. Mulattos (the long disparaged "M" census category) were cleanly whisked under the carpet, along with the name, and forced to choose between the ridiculous absolutes of black or white. The Lost Mulattos tells a compelling epic story of a denied 200-year history - the enticement of slavery, the birth of the mulatto class, love between the races, the fragile buffer zone between the slaves and the planters and the accumulation of wealth. If the "just one drop" rule applies, we are the largest minority in America. What a huge film audience! I see another very human Outlander or Downton Abbey that explores social classes, ethics, prejudice, loyalty, love, laughter, greed, betrayal and all the grist of life in a true historical context through one real family. Each concise chapter holds a moral dilemma; each endearing character faces hard choices. Should Thomas remain in London with his once slave Jenny, his true love? Should Nancy Randall become Thomas Hanscome’s mistress? Should young Thomas pass for white? The Hanscome Trilogy is 400 years of authentic American history in three books.

About The Author

Joan Dickinson has worn many hats - history teacher, psychologist, professor, behavioral health director and international consultant, wellness columnist, public speaker, yoga and meditation instructor and author. She holds degrees from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, The University of Colorado-Boulder and The University of Northern Colorado-Greeley. She hails from Minnesota and kayaks with the dolphins near Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning,Other

Group Specific

slavery, genealogy, African American,South Carolina, colonial history, Revolutionary and Civil Wars, abolitionists, mulatto culture, underground railway, Sea Islands, Charleston, Pennsylvania and Toronto history

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: self published

Year Published: 1st edition 2018, 2nd edition 2019

Hard Copy Available



ISBN-13: 978-1070957869