Carolyn P. Schriber

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As a tenured professor at Rhodes College, Carolyn Poling Schriber specialized in medieval history and published extensively on relationships between Anglo-Norman bishops and kings in the twelfth century. After attaining Professor Emerita status, she retired from teaching and focused her attention on her second love, the history of America's Civil War..
Her Civil War books, including A Scratch with the Rebels and Beyond All Price, are set in South Carolina during the northern occupation of the Low Country. In 2012, Carolyn released four more books. including The Road to Frogmore; Left by the Side of the Road (Short Stories); The Dilemma of Arnulf of Lisieux, the biography of a 12th-century bishop; and The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese, a how-t
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Carolyn P. Schriber The world of books is full of wonderful couples, but for my own writing purposes, my favorite couple has to be Jonathan and Susan Grenville. They came…moreThe world of books is full of wonderful couples, but for my own writing purposes, my favorite couple has to be Jonathan and Susan Grenville. They came to life for the first time in "Damned Yankee." I wanted to tell a story that would show both sides of the Civil War conflict, and the Grenvilles served that purpose nicely. Jonathan was a Yankee, raised in New England, educated at Harvard, a practicing historian and teacher whose greatest love was the story of the American Revolution and the creation of the new United States. Susan was the privileged daughter of a fine old Southern family, slave-owners all, so used to being surrounded by slaves on their cotton plantations that slavery seemed a part of the natural order of things.

When I started writing about them, I had in mind a single story, in which the couple would manage to hold their marriage and family together by rising above partisan politics and avoiding the horrors of the war. They did so, but the root problems that caused the war itself long outlasted the final battles. And the Grenvilles had more to tell us than I had planned. The result was a second volume, "Yankee Reconstructed," in which they were forced to confront the unsettled issues of the first civil rights struggle--an interracial marriage, the threat of the Ku Klux Klan, the horrors of lynchings, the on-going fight for the right to vote.

I hoped to tie up their story with a happy ending to Book Two, but the Grenvilles were not through with me yet. "Yankee Daughters" came into existence when i realized that the problems facing Jonathan and Susan were not just theirs alone, but would carry over into the following generations. Their grandchildren might move to a different state, but they inherited a 20th-century world influenced, and tainted, by the same conflicts that had plagued Civil War South Carolina.

I knew I had created a memorable fictional couple when an early reader of Book Three responded with an anguished cry of "No-o-o-o-o! You can't kill off Jonathan!"(less)
Carolyn P. Schriber I was considering writing about the experiences of a real family from Beaufort, SC, as they faced the challenges of the Civil War. Then I learned that…moreI was considering writing about the experiences of a real family from Beaufort, SC, as they faced the challenges of the Civil War. Then I learned that living family members were planning to publish a biographical story about them. I didn't want to step on their toes, so I gave up on that idea. But the central question remained. What happened to civilians whose lives were uprooted by that terrible war? I realized that I could still write about the problem using a fictional family. I changed the location to Charleston, created a cluster of new characters, and then dropped them into the very real events going on in their city. (less)
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Rachel Beauchene's idea of a Bastille Day picnic was her way of distracting Charleston's citizens from the serious business that had everyone worried. The date was July 14, 1861, and the Civil War had just broken out. It was a great idea, and for the most part, it worked. But the war had a way of intruding itself into the most peaceful of activities. This passage from Henrietta's Legacy describes Read more of this blog post »
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