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About the Author

Carolyn P. Schriber is a Professor Emerita in the History Department at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Since retiring she has written several other books on the Civil War in South Carolina: A Scratch with the Rebels; the award-winning novel, Beyond All Price; and a collection of short pieces, Left by the Side of the Road: Characters without a Novel. She has also written a handbook on publishing called The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese: How to Avoid the Traps of Self-Publishing. Read more about her work on her website at www.katzenhausbooks.com. She now lives near Memphis with her husband and five lovable but opinionated cats. When she is not engaged in her duties as president of Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service, a non-profit charity connected with Lions Clubs International, she writes and enjoys traveling to do more research in the Low Country between Charleston and Savannah.
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  • Paperback: 506 pages
  • Publisher: Katzenhaus Books (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982774524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982774526
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Carolyn P. Schriber of Cordova, TN, received the prestigious "Author of the Year" award from the Military Writers Society of America at their annual conference banquet, held on September 26, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona. To qualify for the award, a writer must be an active member of the organization, have at least four books currently in publication, and have received at least one book award at the silver medal level or above.

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.  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 visit 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.

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If only history had been this spell-binding when I was in school! The title of Carolyn P. Schriber's recent release, "The Road to Frogmore - Turning Slaves into Citizens," grabbed my attention immediately and never let go.

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.
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This book is a historical novel about the Port Royal Experiment. In 1861, after the Union Army took the sea islands of South Carolina, local plantation owners abandoned their slaves and property. This is the story of northern activists who moved into the area to support the efforts of the former slaves to work the land.

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.
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Learning about historical events through the eyes of the people that lived during those times is one of the most fascinating ways to approach history. The Road to Frogmore, a book of historical fiction, opened up lives and events from the Civil War era, of which I was totally unaware. Carolyn Schriber did a wonderful job of researching, along with using information from both diaries and letters to make discoveries regarding the women who made a huge impact on the lives and times of emancipated slaves. It may be that I related to Laura Towne's dedication as a teacher, as I spent almost the same amount of time teaching young people. Or it may be that I related to The Road to Frogmore because I am the adoptive mom to three African American sons, and I truly do appreciate all that Laura and Ellen accomplished in the field of education, as well as their advocacy of equality, which has impacted the education of all African Americans. But truly, the book impressed me because it shares so much of an important part of history that I never would have known about if it weren't for the efforts of Carolyn Schriber in her book, The Road to Frogmore.
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I am not much of a novel reader, but I was captivated by The Road to Frogmore (and only partly because I know the author). It gives excellent information and insight "behind the sceens" of how former slaves turned into citizens. And I appreciate how clean the editing is. I didn't have any use for my red ink pen, and that's a rarity.
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Author Carolyn Schriber truly knows how to take real history and her imagination and weaves them into a truly great historical novel that is more non-fiction than fiction. In her ground-breaking look back at the abolitionist movement during the Civil War she creates something that opened up to me - lots of unknown history. In her book, "The Road to Frogmore: Turning Slaves into Citizens" she displays a real literary talent and technique with how she uses proper English and then switches to slave slang of the old south - mixing them both to create a realistic foundation for her plot and characters to perform and unfold with.

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
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