Author David Bruce Grim brings extensive research of the Civil War era and a passion for civil rights to his new historical novel, “Swift Currents” (published by iUniverse).
Twenty-three-year-old Callie knows nothing but bondage. A slave on an island plantation off the coast of South Carolina, Callie faces the horrors of slavery with her two brothers and her young daughter by her side, but change is in the air.
On November 7, 1861, the Union Navy attacks nearby Port Royal Sound, South Carolina, freeing the slaves in the area as their masters flee. Now Callie and her family are under the U.S. government’s authority, fighting for freedom, working for wages, receiving education, and gaining the right to own land.
“Swift Currents” blends fact and fiction as Callie and her two brothers cross paths with well-known historical figures. Through his novel, Grim aims to provide an accurate depiction of the transition from bondage to freedom during the Civil War.
“Our racial history in the United States impacts the present,” Grim says, “and the events of slavery and freedom during the Civil War era represent the worst and best instincts of humankind. They should be studied to increase cross-cultural understandings of our shared stories.”