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The Road to Frogmore: Turning Slaves into Citizens Paperback – October 30, 2012
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Dr. Schriber is a retired history professor from Rhodes College in Memphis. She is now known for her creative biographies and historical novels set in South Carolina during and after the Civil War. Her currently published books include A Scratch with the Rebels, Beyond All Price, Left by the Side of the Road, The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese, The Road to Frogmore, Damned Yankee, and the soon-to-be-published Yankee Reconstructed.
The Military Writers Society of America is an association of more than a thousand authors, poets, and artists, drawn together by the common bond of military service.Â Members are active duty military, retirees, military veterans, members of military families, or those whose creative works draw attention to military matters. Dr. Schriber qualifies on two levels―as the surviving spouse of a career Air Force officer and as a writer whose books examine the effects of war on the friends and families of those who fight.
Military Writers Society of America helps veterans, their families, and historians record history and the complexities of military life―and encourages writing and other creative endeavors as therapy for the stresses of the special circumstances affecting veterans and their families. Their goals are to educate the general public about the unique problems of the military community, to encourage an interest in writing and history, and to offer to veterans a way to find healing through self-expression. For more information about MWSA and its programs, please visitÂ http://www.mwsadispatches.com/
Among her duties as "Author of the Year," Dr. Schriber is expected to represent the MWSA organization by writing articles for Dispatches, the quarterly magazine of the organization, by conducting at least one seminar at upcoming conferences or workshops, and by making public appearances to talk about writing in general and the particular needs of the military community. If you are interested in scheduling an appearance or for additional information, you may contact her directly.
Top Customer Reviews
The author has masterfully woven details from her exhaustive research into a book that reads like a well-plotted novel, yet all the characters are real people and all the events factual.
The thread that pulls the story together is Miss Laura Towne, a 36 year-old Philadelphia abolitionist spinster who has studied homeopathic medicine. Laura decides to leave her siblings and join Gideon's Band. She sails to Beaufort, South Carolina in April 1862 to offer medical attention and schooling to black families in the Low Country.
My familiarity with the details of the Civil War are minimal, so I was surprised to learn that the Port Royal Experiment, as it was called, began while the war was still being fought. In fact it would be three years after Laura's arrival before the Union Army declared victory.
Suspense builds as Laura faces one challenge or crisis after another. I was kept guessing by stories of petty jealousies and back-stabbing among her colleagues, epidemics, land grabs, and power struggles, in addition to our heroine's own crisis of confidence. The author manages to balance these serious matters with amusing tidbits such as baby squirrel pets and the birth of a colt to the wayward mare, Betty.
I would recommend this book to history buffs as well as those like me who are looking for a good read with a bonus. I can also see "The Road to Frogmore" used in high school or college history classes where it would spark many rich and lively discussions. It would also be an excellent book club pick for the same reason.
I have long been a fan of Carolyn Schriber's work. Her prose is easy to read and the historical research behind her stories is impeccable. However, I love, love, love this piece for several reasons.
First, I enjoyed the way she played with point of view ... vacillating back and forth between third person omniscient while describing the community of abolitionists and the first person narrative of Rina a freed slave. This is a literary technique that I especially enjoy....and in the case of this novel, using Rina's voice was both charming and enlightening. At first, I thought I was going to have a hard time with Gullah, the evolving mix of English and Black slang used by slaves in South Carolina in the mid 1800s. Within a paragraph, I was beginning to get the hang of it...and by the middle of the book, I realized that I was not even noticing the language because I was so absorbed in Rina's crazy, mixed-up world.
I also found found the history around this story engaging since I knew little about that aspect of the Civil War and I've never been to South Carolina. I loved the subtle and gentle depiction of idealistic abolitionist and spinster Laura Towne's relationship with her friend Ellen Murray.Read more ›
I thought I knew lots about the Civil War - or as some of my friends in the south refer to it - The War Between The States. But I found much of what the author writes about to be actually new information, or at least not well known. I did not realize that there was any efforts to help abandoned slaves that was going on as the war was still being fought. The Port Royal Experiment is an amazing story of heroics and love and suffering and pain and so many other emotions. It could not have been introduced and written about any better!
History lessons should all be presented in this kind of format - it is entertaining and at times very inspiring. The author's talents are showcased chapter by chapter as readers are taken on a journey of the heart and mind. I believe that real history buffs, as well as those who just love a good story will equally enjoy reading this book. It is more about human nature than war. History becomes a story of personal suffering and sacrifice. Truly a FIVE STAR effort! Well worth the read!
W. H. McDonald Jr
Founder of The Military Writers Society of America
& The American Authors Association
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Carolyn Schriber's The Road to Frogmore is a heart-wrenching and uplifting story of Northern attempts to shape the lives of former slaves in transition to a poorly defined... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Elizabeth Jacoway
Not the most readable, more of a chronology of an unknown circumstance of the Civil War. Interesting enough to keep you reading.Published on March 5, 2013 by Bob R. Bell
Thousands of slaves abandoned by their masters on the islands off South Carolina are left with no way to provide clothing, food and health care for their families now that the... Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by EE Wilder