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American Journeys: From Ireland to the Pacific Northwest (1854-1900) Book 2

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Will the Kaplan family and their fellow travelers, a trapper, and a Native American be able to get past their culture clashes as they struggle to survive the 19th century Pacific Northwest?

Dr. Beckham and his wife follow the Oregon Trail to Portland enduring extreme heat, cold and natural disasters. In his words:

“At times, we found ourselves submerged in the Lord’s unending beauty. We traveled amidst oceans of wildflowers, majestic mountains and forests; enough splendor to make an atheist a believer...but also enduring the devil’s heel on our necks for weeks-at-a-time.”

Old customs are cast aside by the younger generation causing friction with their elders. All must endure the forces causing transition from an agrarian society to the beginnings of an industrial society; with all its accompanying injustice and downright cruelty in the form of child labor and unsafe working conditions.

The second installment of the American Journeys saga brings to life the joys, sadness, and the goodness of people as they struggle to build and expand the United States.

American Journeys: From Ireland to the Pacific Northwest, Volume Two is a Semi-Finalist in the Goethe Book Awards Division for Late Historical Fiction set after the 1750s. The Goethe Book Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Late Historical Fiction set after the 1750s. The winner will be announced at the Awards Gala on Saturday, April 27th, 2019.

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