The Lost German Slave Girl

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Pan Macmillan Australia, Nov 10, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
A Spring morning in New Orleans, 1843. In the Spanish Quarter, on a street lined with flop houses and gambling dens, Madame Carl recognises a face from her past. It is the face of a German girl who disappeared teenty-five years earlier, the daughter of her closest frienf. But the young woman is the property of a Frenchman who owns a nearby cabaret. She is a slave, with no memory of a 'white' past. And yet her resemblance to her mother is striking, and she bears two tell-tale birthmarks. . .

What had happened? Had a defenceless European orphan been callously and illegally enslaved, or was she an impostor? So began one of the most celebrated and sensational crusades of 19th Century America–the battle to free the lost German slave girl.

John Bailey, author of the multi-award winning The White Divers of Broome, has brought to life an incredible true story. The Lost German Slave Girl is a tour de force, a work of narrative non-fiction that is a fascinating exploration of slavery and its laws, a brilliant reconstruction of mid-19th Century New Orleans and a riveting court room drama. It is also a compelling portrait of a young woman in pursuit of freedom.

John Bailey's previous book The White Divers of Broome won the NSW Premier's Award for History and the WA Premire's Literary Award for Non-fiction. It ws also shortlisted for The Age Non-fiction Book of the Year, The Courier Mail Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction.

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