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White Man's Graveyard

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Annie is a no-nonsense Pennsylvania teacher whose hunt for a home and family of her own inspires a commitment to the abolition movement. Sylvanus, the baby brother she helped raise, is an adventure-seeking physician who finds purpose on his way to Western Africa in support of the controversial colonization effort which seeks to establish a safe-haven for former US slaves i ...more
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published November 15th 2020 by Bright Button Press
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Nov 09, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my third historical novel and it's pretty different than my previous two, which are intertwined thrillers that bump up against early Latter-day Saints history. They're both a little dark. This one, I think, is lighter, at least in some ways.

It's the story of Annie and Sylvanus, a brother and sister who, in the 1830s, find themselves on the opposite side of a controversial argument. At issue is the removal of freed slaves from the US to the colony of Liberia, and there are people with re
Ben Conley
Nov 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
White Man’s Graveyard is a character driven historical journey that paints a vivid picture beginning in the early 1800’s and highlights a family’s journey and battle within itself during the pre-Civil War era. It’s a story based on, and inspired by the authors incredible discovery of a hidden family journal. The description of scenes from a small town in Pennsylvania to the tropical and dangerous settlements in Africa are detailed and give a tremendous illustration that allows you to be transpor ...more
Bruce Goodman
Nov 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Angleton’s historical novel, White Man's Graveyard, appears on the literary scene at exactly the right time in history. Set in the eighteen hundreds mainly in Philadelphia and Liberia it chronicles the tensions between slavery, slavery abolition, and African colonization. We see it through the eyes principally of Annie Goheen and her brother Sylvanus Goheen. History comes alive! One gets an insight into the pressures of those tumultuous times. But even better than that perhaps, we are give ...more
Diane How
Nov 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fate put Ann Goheen's long-forgotten diary in Sarah Angleton's gifted hands. She crafted a historical fiction bound for best-seller recognition. Ann Goheen and her youngest brother, Sylvanus, are both passionate about anti-slavery, but they stand firm on opposite sides of the early 1800's colonization and abolition arguments. The strains of death, distance, and moral convictions threaten their special bond. It's an emotional journey.

Sarah's extensive research, creative connection of missing piec
Nancy Kilgore
Nov 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating picture of early 1800s America through the story of one family tossed and turned by the waves of change in their world and within themselves. Slavery, abolitionism, emerging feminism, the founding of the colony of freed slaves in Liberia – this very human story shows us all the different movements and attitudes roiling together at this time in history through its characters’ struggles, losses, and loves.
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CONGRATULATIONS, SARAH! I loved this book! The fact that it has some historical background from Sarah Angelton’s family made it all the more special. I could not wait to see what happened next…especially with Annie and Syvanus but also how events affected the entire family (whether fact or fiction). I loved how she ended the “story” and look forward to reading the other books she has authored.
Pat Wahler
Nov 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A thought-provoking exploration of the relationship between a sister and brother who have conflicting political views during pre-Civil War America. The two siblings feel called upon to assist in the anti-slavery movement, but each choose a very different path. Told in alternating points of view, the author has woven a fascinating and readable tale with enduring themes. Recommended!
Nov 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well written book based in 1800s about slavery, abolitionist, Christianity and family. From the beginning the characters kept engaged and wanting to learn more about them. It was hard to put the book down at night to go to bed.
Rebecca Heppermann
Nov 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book that captures family, loyalty, independence, and history. This is a book that you will not want to put down!
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Sarah Angleton is the author of three novels, including the companion historical thrillers Gentleman of Misfortune and Smoke Rose to Heaven, tales of mummies, scoundrels and smoking guns. Her third historical novel, White Man's Graveyard, set to release in mid-November of 2021, is a 19th century family saga following the story of Pennsylvania siblings Annie and Sylvanus who find themselves on oppo ...more

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