Harvard-educated New Englander. He was welcomed as a teacher by a school
for apprentices in Charleston, South Carolina. But when his history
lessons about the founding of America clashed with the pro-secession
rhetoric of local slave-owners, he was out of a job. Can he find a way
to reconcile his abolitionist sentiments with the practical need to
support his family in a region whose economy is based on slavery?
wealthy Southern belle. She has always believed that her ancestors were
benevolent slave-owners and that they treated their slaves with dignity
and respect. Now she has inherited the family plantations, only to see
the institution of slavery come under attack as an unmitigated evil. The
coming of the Civil War threatens her land, her children, her marriage,
and the values that have always sustained her. How much will she be
willing to sacrifice in order to help her family survive?
slave. She was given to her mistress when they were both very small
because they shared a common grandfather – a fact that everyone knew and
no one talked about. The war offers her a promise of freedom as well as
the prospect of a bittersweet separation from her beloved cousin. Will
the bonds of family stretch or break?
A Confederate soldier. He
supported secession and eagerly volunteered for the Army, believing,
like most young men, that he was invincible. And like too many of those
young men, he was wounded and taken prisoner. The aftermath of his war
experience left him with wounds far deeper than those that caused the
amputation of his leg. Can he conquer the pain, the flashbacks, the
disability, and the nightmares that keep him incapacitated and unable to
return to his former life?
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