The author Alex Haley was the grandson of Queen, the illegitimate and unacknowledged daughter of James Jackson and his slave, Easter. The novel recounts Queen's anguished early years as a slave girl, longing to know who her father was, and how it gradually dawned on her that he was none other than her master. After the American Civil War and the subsequent abolition of slavery, Queen was cast out. James Jackson would not acknowledge her as his daughter, afraid of compromising the inheritance of his legitimate children and goaded by his wife, who despised Queen. After many adventures, she married a reasonably successful former slave by the name of Alex Haley, and had three sons by him.
Original title: Queen: The Story of an American Family
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