Some participants do not have blogs of their own, but we like to give them an opportunity to express their opinions about the books they read for the reading challenges.
Reva read Lorena by Frank G. Slaughter for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here is her review:
I discovered this author on Ebay. He wrote during the ’40s through the ’70s. I found Lorena to be mostly a romance with little to learn about the war. I was, however, interested in the information on Reconstruction. This author wasn’t completely believable because our heroine makes it through the War and Reconstruction in a better situation than before the War. I just don’t believe anyone was left unscarred in the South after Reconstruction.
Lorena’s relationships with her neighbors during Reconstruction was interesting. In this book and in other Civil War books I’ve read before, the people of the South were so angry they lost all reason, allowing their homes to be burned rather than capitulate to the conquering Yankees and hating their own kind for cooperating with their former enemies. I’m sure jealousy against those who remained solvent made the situation even worse.
This was when The Klu Klux Klan was born. They didn’t just target black folks; they tried to keep their own population in line through intimidation. The Klan survived on fear and when the robes were lifted, the populace could relax and turn their energies toward healing old wounds and rebuilding their homeland.
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