First published in 1857, “The Garies and Their Friends” is a novel by American writer Frank J. Webb. Set in American in the antebellum South, the story revolves around a white southerner, his mulatto ex-slave wife, and their two children who have recently moved to Philadelphia from Georgia. The second novel published by an African American, represents one of the earliest chronicles of the experiences of free African Americans in the pre-Civil War northeast and will appeal to those with an interest in this chapter of American history. Francis Johnson Webb (1828–c. 1894) was an American poet, essayist, and novelist. Other works by this author include: “None Spoke a Single Word to Me” (1870), “Waiting” (1870), and “Two Wolves and a Lamb” (1870). Read & Co. Classics is proudly republishing this classic novel now in a brand new edition for the enjoyment of a new generation.