Written by Linda Allen Bryant
Monday, 04 June 2001
The Legacy of West Ford
Press Release - 04 June 2001
June 4, 2001, Denver, CO. Was the man known as the father of this country
also the father of a slave? He was, according to a new book by Linda Allen
Bryant. "I Cannot Tell a Lie: The True Story of George Washington's African
American Descendants" is available now, and is the first book to explore the
claim that George Washington sired West Ford, his mulatto son. This book is
the most compelling family saga since Alex Haley's "Roots."
Documented national history tells us that the nation's first president
had no children. But the oral history of the descendants of an African
American family tells a different story.
"I Cannot Tell a Lie" is a book most adequately described by its title.
Many people will believe the story of George Washington fathering a mulatto
son. Many more will find it impossible to accept the fact that he crossed
the color line and deigned to establish an intimacy with a slave woman named
Venus. Their fateful union during the era of antebellum slavery produced a
son, West Ford.
As time and space distanced the Ford family from its beginnings at Mount
Vernon, each generation continued to walk a precarious line, bearing the
weight of their heritage and constantly battling issues of skin color,
status, and identity. This extraordinary novel spans five generations of
family chroniclers, charged with the task of keeping their family heritage
and secret until now.
"I Cannot Tell a Lie" attempts to provide an accessible format through
which the Ford family history might be considered, while offering exposure to
the many sociopolitical issues surrounding their controversial tale. The
result is a triumphant and inspirational novel that will be enjoyed for
generations to come.
Linda Allen Bryant has appeared on numerous news programs such as, The
Today Show, CBS Morning Show, MSNBC and Frontline PBS. Bryant has also been
interviewed by numerous print publications. For more information about the
West Ford/George Washington connection visit www.westfordlegacy.com.
[ISBN: 0-595-17878-2] "Cannot Tell a Lie: The True Story of George
Washington's African American Descendants" publisher iUniverse is now
available through their bookstore iUniverse. For quicker delivery, order
directly from the publisher at 1-877-823-9235 for credit card orders.
The book is also available through Barnes and Noble.com or through
Amazon.com. It may also be ordered through local booksellers. Retailers,
wholesalers, and other booksellers wishing to purchase "I Cannot Tell a Lie"
may call Iuniverse Publishing at (877) 823-9235 or (402) 323-7800.
Author Linda Allen Bryant is available for interviews. For more information,
please contact her at
About the author http://www.westfordlegacy.com/no-lie2.htm