Thursday, February 7, 2013
Book Review - A Journey of Voices: Stewards of the Land
A Journey of Voices: Stewards of the Land is the second book in Diane McAdams Gladow's nonfiction series about common, ordinary families who lived American History and in some cases helped to make it. This book tells the story of the Crume family by interweaving old letters, pictures, land documents, Bible records, and historical references with an account of the family's life and movement through seven generations. The story of this family is truly the story of American history from 1746 to 1946 and the story of American agricultural life and how it changed over two hundred years. Whether flatboating in the frigid winter weather down the Ohio River, building homes in the wilderness, fighting in the American Revolution, enduring the Civil War in a border state, dealing with Indians in Texas, surviving the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, and experiencing the misery and uncertainty of two world wars, this family lived it all. Come see America's history through their eyes and voices as they struggle to build lives on the land in a bold new country.
My Take on the Book
This was an intriguing book that explored the history of our nation in a deep and systematic way. I was really impressed with the detail that the author provides in this book. On top of this rich detail the book itself is filled with great will first-hand resources that will draw you not only into the story itself, but into the time and era that is being shared with you as a reader. This book draws you into the family life of the Crume family. As you read this book and get a first-hand glimpse of the daily life and living conditions that a family like this forever gone through and how it changed over 200 years. This is the first book of its kind I've seen that truly follows one family through their real life struggles and it was such a refreshing read. If you are a fan of historical nonfiction you will love this book and be completely drawn in from beginning to end.
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