Jacob's Cellar by Richard G Sharp

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"Jacob's Cellar" traces four generations of assimilation of a German-speaking immigrant family into American life. The tale begins with a retelling of a family story of the long-forgotten "War of the Regulation," a rural North Carolina precurser to the Revolutionary War culminating in 1771, in which farmers took up arms against corrupt colonial officials and were put down decisively in the so-called Battle of Alamance.The family leaves North Carolina as refugees from that conflict, moving west to lawless Tennessee and eventually further west to Missouri. There, their descendants are caught up in the Mexican War (1846-48) for which Missourians provided many of the American troops. A decade later those troops would be the core of the ill-fated Missouri State Guard that would be converted to the Missouri component of the Confederate Army and be decimated in the Civil War. The novel concerns the experience of ordinary rural Americans caught on the wrong side of history in most respects, participants in a journey leading to the disintegration of old cultural identities and assimilation into the larger society. Their individual triumphs and tragedies are tales of survival through these overwhelming events.
 

About Richard G Sharp

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Richard Sharp is a member of the "Silent Generation," the subject of his current fiction writing. Born into a farming family who migrated to rural Colorado from Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, he traveled east to receive degrees from Harvard and Princeton Universities. His writing is enriched from career experiences across America and spanning work in some four dozen countries from the Vietnam War era through the present. Following years in the Washington, DC area with assignments mainly in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the former Soviet Union, he now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 282 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For example, Frank, a war buddy of William’s father, relays a story of the Mexican-American War: “Well, in May of ’46, word reached Leavenworth that Polk finally got the Congress to declare war….Col.

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“History belongs to the one who tells the better story,” old Grandpa Fentress, patriarch of the Ebhart clan, tells his family of hardy Missouri pioneers, as they huddle in the cellar seeking shelter from a storm.

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