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December 28th, 1967. America has taken a respite from the heated protests and firebombing that engulfed the nation the previous summer. Martin Luther King, Jr. has begun laying out plans for his Poor People's Campaign. Florina Gavin Austin, two days married, has moved across state to Poinsettia, North Carolina where she will begin a new life as Mrs. Redmond Austin. On appr ...more
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Published January 22nd 2014 by NOJ Publications
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Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For many of us, people of color in particular, Viet Nam and the corresponding events of the American Civil Rights movement are a defining part of our personal history. For Florina Austin and the other characters of WHEN THE DRUM MAJOR DIED, these events set the tone for life in these United States.

A new marriage, a tarnished wedding, the secrets accommodated by longtime spouses lay the foundation for this ambitious story. Dealing with themes of racism, women’s rights, classism, and intraracial b
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Florina was previously and secretly married to a Vietnam soldier who died on the battlefield in 1966. She then remarried Redmond, a black surgeon, whom her parents approved of this union. However, it greatly bothered Florina for not telling anyone except her first husband's mother Melinda and unsure to share this previous marriage with her current husband Redmond. She meets an eccentric woman named Agnes once moving to Redmond's grandparents’ home. Shortly later, as the reader, I was able to see ...more
“Everything doesn’t begin and end with the color of a person’s skin,” says Florina’s father, the Major. But his wife has seen this prejudice work both ways, and it hurts, especially when it’s family laying down law. Now Florina has moved to her new husband’s hometown of Poinsettia. It’s a place where everyone but she knows everyone’s secrets. But nobody knows Florina’s hidden secret, that she’s been married before; and even Florina doesn’t know the secrets of her heart.

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Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the Drum Major Died by Anjuelle Floyd

Set in 1967 North Carolina when Martin Luther King was planning his Poor People March, young Florina Gavin Austin is newly married to Dr. Redmond Austin. She tries to adjust to her new home and life as a doctors wife. But she holds secrets and she is not ready to share. She meets her neighbor Agnes, a woman who also has secrets of her own, some involving Florina's husband. Will Florina be able to let go of her past, accept the present and move on to her
Christoph Fischer
"When the Drum Major Died" by Anjuelle Floyd is a beautiful and moving story set towards the end of the 1960s in the Southern US.
Our heroine Florina is recovering from the grief over her late (and secret) husband, who died in Vietnam. She gives up her studies, remarries and moves to Poinsettia, North Carolina, where she will be confronted with the fact that you cannot run from your past or your feelings.
The book is a wonderful and touching character study and a poignant historical portrayal of
Debbie Carnes
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story takes place in 1967, I was 13 at the time so I kinda kew what was going on but not fully.

I love history and this story is such a big part of our history that it needs to be told.

This was a wonderful book So full of emotion

Its a MUST read
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Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating story.

When I started reading this book, the first thoughts which came into my mind were that, it’s amazing how ignorant one can be, about events which happened in your own lifetime. Being a British child at the time these events were taking place, somehow they slipped into a hole between the history I was taught at school, from ancient up to and including WWII, and the recent history which I remember as an adult.

The main character in the story Florina, is a young colored woman who
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When the Drum Major Died, by Anjuelle Floyd, is a story of love, lust, secrets, war, education, and Civil Rights. Set in Poinsettia, North Carolina in the late ’60s, the novel follows Florina Gavin Austin, a woman still in mourning for her late and secret husband, who was killed in Vietnam. She hopes that her marriage to her second husband, Redmond Austin, a black surgeon and one of three black doctors in the small town of Poinsettia, will erase the pain and loss she feels for her first husband, ...more
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