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The day fiction morphed into nonfiction, an Entangled in Freedom story

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

by Ann DeWitt

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fiction as “an assumption of a possibility as a fact irrespective of the question of its truth.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines nonfiction as “literature or cinema that is not fictional.”

The reason this post starts out with the definitions of fiction and nonfiction is because I assert that historians and the authors of Entangled In Freedom: A Civil War Story agree that this is a work of fiction.

Entangled In Freedom: A Civil War Story explores the possibility that Isaac, a slave, goes to war with his master and serves with the 42nd Regiment Georgia Volunteers.  In addition, Entangled In Freedom: A Civil War Story, provides an assumption that slaves fought for the Confederate States Army irrespective of historians questioning this as truth.

Also, the book does not assert the number of African-Americans who served in the Confederate States Army.  To say the novel espouses an estimate in the number of African-Americans who served is a  smoke screen to keep people from reading the book.

In fact, a quote from the novel is as follows:

“Whether it’s 3,000 black men
or one facing the elephant,
it does my heart joy
to see any black man working side by side
with men of a different color.”

~A 19th Century cook, Chapter 9 in Entangled In Freedom

Today was the day in an Amazon.com book review of Entangled In Freedom that fiction somehow morphed into nonfiction and personal attacks were made.  19th Century African-Americans longed for the day to serve together side by side with men of other nationalities.  How is this fact bad for race relations? I cannot draw the correlation.

Let us all remain positive role models for children across the globe.  Above all things, let us exercise prudence and sound judgment.

Highlighting the good in humanity,
Ann DeWitt

Entangled in Freedom by Ann DeWitt and Kevin Weeks

Entangled in Freedom by Ann DeWitt and Kevin Weeks