In the turmoil and pain of the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd’s death, it’s clear that the legacy of slavery and racial discrimination in America lives on. To uncover on how that legacy got started, the book, Slaves, Masters and Traders takes a unique perspective on the topic of slavery in 1800 A.D.

In this historical fiction book, Author H. Ann Ackroyd delves into the history of racial discrimination and human rights violations in the Unites States. She does this through a series of unconventional points of view, including that of an African family prior to enslavement in West Africa, an African slave family in Louisiana, a family’s plantation master and several obscenely rich slave traders in Britain who have never set eyes on a black person before.

Ackroyd’s background has influenced her writing greatly. She was born in Africa and grew up there with her parents, who were of a European lineage. She’s since lived in Brazil and various other European countries where she worked as a translator for the languages of English, German, Portuguese and Spanish. She now lives in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.