The Amalgamation Polka (Vintage Contemporaries)

By Stephen Wright

Born in 1844 in bucolic upstate ny, Liberty Fish is the son of fervent abolitionists in addition to the grandson of Carolina slaveholders much more devoted to their reason. hence follows a formative years limned with fugitive slaves relocating via hidden passageways in the home, and the inevitable misery that befalls his mom each time letters arrive from her mom and dad. In hopes of reconciling the familial disunion, Liberty escapes--first into the cauldron of warfare after which right into a bedlam extra hectic nonetheless. In a colourful demonstrate of literary fulfillment, Stephen Wright brings us a Civil battle novel not like the other.

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