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A Light in the Storm the Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin (Dear America) (Dear America) (Anglais)
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It was a wonderful read!
This book is written in a diary format by a fifteen year old girl named Amelia Martin, though her father called her “Wicki.” In her diary she relates her experiences, the conflicts of the times and the emotions toward her family, President Lincoln and the Civil War. She also stands watch at the light house.
This was a time in our country of great turmoil where those who were in favor of slavery argued and fought with those who wanted to end slavery in our country. Even in her family there were strong disagreements. When slaves were caught in Delaware at that time they were sent back to their owners. Amelia’s mother thought that was the best policy and felt the slaves were inferior to white people, but her father felt there should not be slavery and even helped some of them get to the free north. He did not think any person should be a slave to another person no matter what color their skin might be.
There are also some great old photographs and illustrations in this book. As I mentioned previously, this is a compelling book which is hard to put down once you start reading it. Amelia writes this early American story with a passion which will touch your heart.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku).
Amelia Martin begins her diary in the final days of 1860. Amelia is the daughter of a lighthouse keeper on Fenwick Island, Delaware. The reader experiences the events that led to the Civil War through Amelia's eyes. She is very distressed when South Carolina secedes from the Union and wonders what that will mean for President-Elect Abraham Lincoln.
The conflict also has a much more personal effect on Amelia and her family. Amelia's parents are bitterly divided over the issue of slavery, which creates a very tense home life. Her mother is also prone to depression and Amelia struggles to understand her mother's sudden mood changes.
As war becomes an inevitability, Amelia's friend Daniel enlists in the Union army. Amelia worries for his safety and anxiously anticipates his letters from the front. The other lighthouse keeper at Fenwick Island also enlists, and a new keeper with a large family takes his place. Their joyful home life is a stark contrast to the tension present in Amelia's family.
Eventually, writing in her diary during the nightly watch is one of the few things that brings Amelia peace. She worries about the uncertain future of the country as well as the toll the conflict will take on her parents' marriage:
"I feel as if I am the Light in my family. I must keep my hope burning, so that Father and Mother, even in the darkness that seems to engulf them, might find their way back."
Amelia's diary, though fictional, is very moving. A Light in the Storm provides a unique look at life in Delaware during the early days of the Civil War. Delaware permitted slavery but never joined the Confederacy. Amelia's voice is compelling and young people will be able to relate to her hopes and fears. The book includes an interesting and informative appendix of historical information related to the story.
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