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by Arthur E. Bloomfield

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ISBN: 0871230070
ISBN13: 978-0871230072
Category: Literature
Author: Arthur E. Bloomfield
Language: English
Publisher: Bethany House Pub; Includes Foldout Diagram edition (June 1, 1980)
Pages: 347 pages
ePUB size: 1187 kb
FB2 size: 1278 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 342
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I've read many books by Lynn Austin, but this is the first one I can say I didn't really like much. I actually started it many months ago, became quickly bored, and quit. I recently tried again and this time made myself finish the book, even though I ended up skimming through many pages and paragraphs due to sheer and repetitive boredom. Somehow, as a born and bred Southerner myself, I felt a bit offended by the characterizations of most of the Southern characters. Eugenia, the Mother, was completely over-the-top offensive and unlikeable from beginning to end. I felt that her character cast Southern plantation-owner widows, who were trying to survive after the war, in the worst possible light. Granted, there were probably many such as Eugenia, but without doubt many who were not. Josephine was the only likable main Southern character. The doctor, who was also a decent person, was a somewhat peripheral character. What he saw to admire and love in the despicable Eugenia was beyond my comprehension or belief. She was insufferable, as was her violent son Daniel and her self-
centered youngest daughter. They were charactertures of Southern aristocratic snobbery, hatefulness, brutality and condescension, to say nothing of their continual harsh and cruel treatment of their slaves, now called servants after the war ended. That theme got old quickly. The one Yankee in the story was depicted as the soul of kindness, forgiveness, charity and goodness. And, the characterization of the slaves who were central to the story was also solely of their goodness, righteousness, loving kindness, family loyalty, etc...the exact opposite of most of
the Southerners. Parts of the story were of more cruelty than I care to read about. At the end, all things were rather quickly tied up in a neat little package that seemed to stretch credulity, considering the fact that they included murders, arson of Federal property, not once but twice, attempted murder of a federal agent, etc. I just couldn't recommend this as an enjoyable book, because it wasn't for me. Disappointing, to say the least.
How did the southern aristocracy adjust after the civil war? This book depicts the struggle of one family trying to rebuild their plantation, with a son and father dead, two unmarried daughters, and another son suffering emotionally from the battles he endured. While their mother attempts to maintain some aristocratic dignity in the midst of semi-starvation, one daughter feels they need to work hard to recover, even if it means working alongside the Negroes who are now free. She sees no harm in the former slaves trying to start their own lives over, or their children going to the school provided by the nice Yankee who also offers good ways for them to work together with the Negroes to rebuild their plantations. Others are aghast at such ideas, and want to chase the Yankee and all the Negroes away. This "how it might have been" story is an amazing picture of the need for forgiveness and leaving old battles behind.
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This book didn't shy away from dealing with attitudes and prejudices in the South after the Civil War. Josephine and her mother slowly let go of their old way of life and resentment toward God for letting bad things happen to them. A wonderful former slave named Otis and a Yankee, (Oh my!), teach them (and us) about trusting God, forgiveness, mercy and grace. Really enjoyed this book and I suggest a sequel to the author. I would like to see a book representing the other side. What happens when a Southern women goes North after the war? We don't see much about the attitudes of the North after they won. They didn't have the upheaval of the South, but lost lots of sons. Just a thought.:-)
This is the best life after the American civil was that I have ever read. Much more realistic than any that I have read before. I can see great things happening for this author in the coming years. The story has life as a ex-teen age girl that has spent most of her teen life is a war environment and an aristocratic mother that won't let the her past privileged life just be in the past. There is also very much of the life of a past black slave that doesn't believe that she is now free. The story depicts how their lives is affected along with a good story line. Great book and should be read by all Civil War enthusiasts.
Having read other books by Lynn Austin, I knew this book would be a delight. It did not disappoint. Set in Virginia after the civil war, All Things New presents a series of catastrophes for both the white owners of a plantation and the former slaves who are now freed. In spite of freedom, much danger and fear remains in their lives and in those of their former owners.
Jo in particular has great difficulty in trusting God enough to pray any more. Former slave Lizzie lives in fear and dread of the next bad thing happening.
Take a wonderful emotional journey and discover how God can make ALL THINGS NEW.
It's the end of the Civil War, and Josephine, her now widowed Mother, Eugenia, and her sister return to their plantation in Virginia. But life is different now. Many of the women are now widowed. But the biggest change in the South is that the slaves who made life on the plantation so easy were now "free"....but where would they go & how could they survive without no education or experience outside the direction of their Master? Lizzie and her husband Otis decided to stay & serve Eugenia's family but Eugenia had to learn a different set of rules. This book is a good history lesson of life right after the War and the attitude changes that had to take place in order for there to be Reconstruction.