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Old 02-03-12, 08:15 AM
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Default FREE Civil War serialized story for newspapers

ANF commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War
with FREE serialized story for newspapers

With the Civil War Sesquicentennial upon us, the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation will be providing a FREE serialized story for newspapers across the state. The ten chapter serialized story is based on the award-winning novel, Where the Road Begins, a historical fiction of Civil War Arkansas written by Arkansas author Nancy Dane. Dane was recently named the 2011 Winner of the Fiction Arkansiana Award for Where the Road Begins series.

Where the Road Begins….
“Across Arkansas, men marched away to subdue devils, either Yankee or Confederate, depending on one's politics. Unfortunately, devils of another breed stayed behind. In the spellbinding novel Where the Road Begins, author Nancy Dane brings alive a time when marauding bushwhackers rode the hills and when women had as much to fear as any soldier.

This clash between North and South took a conscripted youth, Elijah Loring, far from the banks of Little Piney Creek down a road where terror and war awaited. After returning home a hardened man, he suffered lost love, and in this lawless land, confronted dangers as great as any endured in the crushed Confederate army.”

The story is based on the documentary history Tattered Glory, a collection of hundreds of source documents compiled by the author. Some language used in the story might sound odd or even offensive in today’s society, but is authentic for that era. The Civil War was a violent time, and to be accurately portrayed must be written as such. However, the condensed version featured here has been crafted with young readers in mind. The full-length novel is available where books are sold and from the author’s website

Author and historian, Nancy Dane, an alumnus of the University of the Ozarks, brings alive Civil War Arkansas with four published books. The historical fiction series accurately portrays both soldier and civilian. The novels, as well as the compilation of research titled Tattered Glory, are used with accompanying lesson plans as curriculum in Arkansas high schools and colleges. A Difference of Opinion, book two in the series, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award, best Civil War fiction of 2009. Ms. Dane, proud mother of four and grandmother of twelve, lives in the Arkansas Ozarks, the setting for the novels. A frequent presenter at professional development seminars, she also speaks to schools and civic organizations across the nation.

“Over the next four years, there will be many opportunities for newspapers to publish events, stories, and information about historic civil war occurrences in their newspapers,” explained ANF Director, Karen Brown, “Since newspapers have always played an important role in recording history, making a literacy component available to their community outreach programs seemed like a good idea.” Brown also pointed out that classrooms around the state that are studying Arkansas History or American History may use the stories as curriculum enrichment by tying Civil War events to local history.

Additional educational materials and resources are available for download in Word or pdf from the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation webpage. Look for a link at this address:

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Karen Brown, Executive Director
Arkansas Newspaper Foundation
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