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In WILLOW, the title character is an educated slave girl in 1848 and must face a difficult choice --- between bondage and freedom, family and love. As Tonya Cherie Hegamin explains in her guest post, at first she didn’t think the choice would be difficult at all --- why on earth would people run plantations for months, sometimes years, if they didn’t have to? But after researching further and thinking more about another important issue --- gender equality --- she understood the complexities of slavery and freedom. Touching on everything from 1848 Persian Conference of Badasht to Beyonce, Tonya’s thought-provoking blog post delves into race, gender and the themes of her new book.