Horace King: From Slave to Master Builder and Legislator: An African American Experience Project

J David Dameron (Author)


This teen and young reader book is a richly illustrated biography about Horace King. In 1807, King was born into slavery on a South Carolina plantation. A slave trader sold him to a man who saw something special in Horace King. His owner, John Godwin taught King to read and write as well as how to build at a time when it was illegal to teach slaves. King worked hard and despite bondage, racial prejudice and a multitude of obstacles, King focused his life on working hard and being a genuinely good man. King built bridges, warehouses, homes, churches, and most importantly, he bridged the depths of racism. Ultimately, dignity, respect and freedom were his rewards, as he transcended the color lines inherent in the Old South of the nineteenth century. Horace King became a highly accomplished Master Builder and he emerged from the Civil War as a legislator in the State of Alabama. Affectionately known as Horace "The Bridge Builder" King and the "Prince of Bridge Builders," he also served his community in many important civic capacities. How is it possible that this man achieved so much although he was born a slave? This is a true story of great achievement in spite of adversity. Today, Horace King's legacy is as powerfully symbolic as one of his sturdy bridges.

Product Details

$10.99  $10.11
Southeast Research Publishing LLC
Publish Date
May 01, 2017
6.0 X 0.22 X 9.0 inches | 0.33 pounds

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About the Author

J. David Dameron was educated at the University of North Carolina and Troy University. He is a former professor of American History and retired U.S. Army Green Beret. Today, Dave serves on several museum history advisory committees and he is the author of non-fiction history books, which include: A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution; General Henry Lewis Benning; and King's Mountain: The Defeat of the Loyalists. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Special Forces "Decade" Association, and the Organization of American Historians. Dave is married to the former Pamela Gail Brown of Kingsport, Tennessee, and they have two children and two grandchildren.


"Young readers will love this true story of a genuinely good man!"

"Provides readers with a fresh perspective of slavery and the triumphs of men over evil."

"A wonderfully illustrated and insightful presentation of a tragic subject, slavery!"

"An true and genuinely inspirational story of African Americans during a horrible time in American History."

"Thoroughly captures the reader's attention with thought provoking imagery and a lucid presentation."