New Historical Novel Pitted in the Throes of War and Racism

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The racism that fueled the Civil War is all too familiar in author Jim Hawley’s eyes

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Looking deeply in the book one can see that race doesn’t really matter at the core.

The recent Screen Actor’s Guild Awards honored the actors of 2011’s hit film “The Help” with three awards. The film captivated audiences, transporting them to Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. It confronted Americans with the racism that held a heavy hand in the shaping of the nation, showing them just how recently racism still permeated society. In a similar vein, Jim Hawley’s new historical novel, Rain Upon the Blinding Dust (published by AuthorHouse), takes readers back to another turning point in the history of racial struggles in the U.S. in a Civil War story that touches on the complexity of race relations.

On the surface, Rain Upon the Blinding Dust is the story of an escaped slave who joins the First Kansas Colored Volunteers, and a young man who is in the 33rd Iowa Infantry. The two soldiers meet at the failed Red River Campaign, and their stories of hardship and triumph collide for a dramatic climax that will tug at readers’ hearts.

He peeped through the thorns and saw that the wagons had been moved. In fact they were moving across the field. He jerked and had to bite his lip to keep from crying out as he saw what was happening. The wagons were racing across the field running over the skulls of the dead blacks. He laid his head on his arm and cried softly. The tears rolled down his cheeks leaving trails of mud. The teardrops then rolled off his chin and, like large raindrops, plopped into the dust under the thorn bush.

Hawley portrays the misery and futility of war, but also the senseless racism that, as evidenced by many social inequities, has survived in America for centuries. “Racial tension still exists,” says Hawley. “Looking deeply in the book one can see that race doesn’t really matter at the core.”

About the Author
Emergency room doctor Jim Hawley lives in Wheatland, Wyoming, where he has a horse ranch and nine rescue dogs. He was raised at Fort Lookout, one of the forts surrounding Camden, Arkansas, and was told the story of the drummer boy by his father.

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