The Alternative

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About the author:
George McNeish was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He grew up on a farm just outside Kitchener and has lived in many municipalities in South Western Ontario. He currently resides in London, Ontario.
Early life on a farm accustomed him to hard work. Although he took many different jobs, he was always more content working on a farm.
His father was a very devote Christian and brought up his children up well.
George began writing when he was in high school. His early work was mostly poetry on an anti-establishment, anti-war and pro-peace theme.
Believing in hard work, writing was always a hobby. During difficult times in his life, it became therapy. When there was no one to confide in, George could always rely on his pen to comfort him.
Throughout the years, George was often encouraged to publish. Although much of his writing was only intended for himself, others saw potential in it and thought it should be shared. However, publishing a book was always something to be done in the future. With bills to pay and work to be done, there was no time to write anything worthy of publication.
Suddenly, at 61 years of age, George realized that his calling was to be an author. Now, two years later, his first book has been published and he is working on several more.
Early sales of "The Alternative" have been encouraging. Almost everyone George talks to wants a copy and he already has one speaking engagement.
If you would like George McNeish to talk to your group you can email him at

The Alternative

Is there an alternative to war?

Authored by George McNeish

Being an only child on a large cotton plantation, Bobby Johnson naturally made friends with his father's slaves. He recognized talents and abilities in his friends that the society around him denied. As Bobby grew up, his anti-slavery views developed and grew. Being the only heir he would inherit the plantation, but he knew he could not be a slave owner. Bobby did not know how he could run a plantation without slaves, but he strongly felt this was God's will, so God would make a way.

Samson was one of the Johnson slaves and Bobby's best friend. Knowing Bobby's dilemma Samson not only found a way that Bobby could operate slave free, but he expanded his idea to give freedom to all slaves. His method hinged on the idea of a cooperative society were all worked together towards a common good.

After the slaves were freed on the Johnson plantation, Samson and Bobby continued to work towards expanding their new methods to other plantations. Bobby felt that great disaster, possibly a civil war, would afflict the USA if this new system was not spread fast enough. They raced against time to establish a new way of thinking among slaves and slave owners who knew nothing but the slavery system.

Two Hundred years of slavery had altered the consciousness of the people to the extent that injustice, cruelty and torture seemed to be the norm. False beliefs were firmly established and it took much effort and persistence to change a way of thinking and prevent a war.

Publication Date:
1519127235 / 9781519127235
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / African American / Historical

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