Against the Grain

by James Haydock



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/31/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 392
ISBN : 9781463406417
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 392
ISBN : 9781463406424
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 392
ISBN : 9781456795221

About the Book

The book dramatizes the plight of abolitionist Quakers living in
eastern North Carolina during the Civil War. As the war rages from
1861 to 1865, both Union and Confederate forces tramp through the
region to destroy whatever they come upon and confiscate, as the
war drags on, anything of value. A Quaker family entrenched in
rural tradition and a faith emphasizing peace quietly resists the brutality
of war but is made to suffer. As Southerners, Union soldiers see them
as the enemy. As abolitionists going against the grain of Southern
culture, Confederate soldiers despise and harass them. When they
refuse to pay the exemption tax, their men are required to go into the
army. Refusing to bear arms, their mettle is severely tested at Gettysburg
and Petersburg. The book is about courage and endurance in the maw
of adversity. It is closely based on historical fact, Confederate records,
and Quaker tradition.


About the Author

James Haydock was born and educated in the South and now lives in Wisconsin. For thirty years he taught English and American literature in university classes, specializing in the Victorian era and writing about it. His latest publication before the current book is "Beacon's River," a novel based on the life of George Gissing. "Against the Grain" is Haydock's third novel.