Author Rhys Llewellyn presents a rare opportunity to experience the hopes and hardships of southern life during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century through actual letters written by his own ancestors and their friends
About the Book: Henry Fulton Griffin, a native of North Carolina, was 26 when he was struck and killed by a train while visiting the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. A profile of this singular young man, his brief life, and a personal glimpse into the lives of his family and friends, are preserved forever in this compilation of their correspondence. These often beautifully-written letters reflect the hopes and struggles in the post-reconstruction era of the late 19th Century. At nearly 500 pages, this book includes a number of personal family photographs, an index of last names appearing in the letters, and over 200 endnotes, identifying places and events mentioned in the correspondence, the politicians shaping the future, and the actors and actresses providing temporary diversion to the hard work that still lay ahead. A book suited for historians, genealogists, and for those that simply appreciate the lost art of letter-writing.
About the Author: Rhys Llewellyn was born in Washington, D.C and lived in Falls Church, Virginia during his formative years. He received a B.A. degree from the College of William & Mary and did graduate study at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After a decade of fighting DC traffic, commuting to various lackluster federal government jobs, in 1975, he, along with his wife and three young children, traveled westward, in a covered Wagoneer, to Colorado, where he served out the remaining 25 years of his federal sentence, as a statistician with the Department of Labor. Following his release, he developed an allergy to snow; he and his wife were compelled to spend winters in Sanibel, Florida for the following 16 years, until driven out by malnourished alligators. Now, full-time in Colorado, he’s promised to put down his snow shovel, take off his mittens and crank out additional tomes. The whereabouts of his children is often unknown.
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