Southern Duty: A Story of Georgia Pioneers by Brian Paley
Southern Duty is a biographical story tracing the lives of Malinda Field and Joseph Donaldson as they strive to raise a family during the antebellum period in the U.S. South. Due to a family tragedy, Malinda is forced into an arranged marriage at the age of twelve. After her controlling husband dies, she reunites with and marries her childhood friend, Joseph, and they move to a wilderness area called Cherokee Nation. In spite of the trials of pioneering, the Indian Removal period, slavery, major business failures, and raising a large family, they rise to become the richest family in Cherokee County, Georgia. Finally they are faced with deprivation and reconstruction efforts due to the Civil War, as well as the tragic death of their youngest son.
Southern Duty is an inspiring story of the indomitable human spirit driven primarily by duty: to family, to community, to the Southern way of life, and ultimately to all fellow human beings. The book provides clear and sometimes intriguing links between events of the past and the environment of today.
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BRIAN PALEY is a retired communications system designer. He earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Manitoba in Canada. He now lives with his wife of 48 years in Canton, Georgia. Brian has always had a fascination with nature and a need to understand how things work. His hobbies include hiking trail design and maintenance, golf, and pickleball.
Brian’s main passion in retirement is writing. His first venture into the life of an author was a non-fiction book entitled Inner Voices: Making Mindful Decisions, which presents a model for how the human mind functions when making major life decisions. His second book was a science fiction novel entitled The Cosmic Evolution Game: A Programmer’s Guide to Life in the Galaxy. That novel describes how DNA directed the evolution of life on Earth and how humans manage to break free from the bonds of DNA to become a space-faring species.
His third book, Southern Duty: A Story of Georgia Pioneers, is his first attempt at writing biographical fiction.