New Historical Novel by David Bruce Grim Captures Journey to Freedom

One slave family embraces newly found freedom, its hardships in ‘Swift Currents’.

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Our racial history in the United States impacts the present and the events of slavery and freedom during the Civil War era represent the worst and best instincts of humankind.

Beaufort, S.C. (PRWEB) August 18, 2014

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.”

Swift Currents
By David Bruce Grim
Hardcover | 6 x 9min | 316 pages | ISBN 9781491733950
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 316 pages | ISBN 9781491733943
E-Book | 316 pages | ISBN 9781491733967
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
For three decades, David Bruce Grim worked toward equal opportunity for all under civil rights law. With the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Grim wrote reports on school desegregation and equal access to higher education. At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Grim investigated discrimination complaints and advanced policies on environmental justice. For more than 10 years at the end of his career, Grim managed the complaint process at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and travelled worldwide providing multi-cultural training programs for U.S. employees abroad.


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