The Children of Pride (1972), Myers' NBA-winning introduction to the affairs of the Jones family of Liberty County, Georgia,...

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A GEORGIAN AT PRINCETON

The Children of Pride (1972), Myers' NBA-winning introduction to the affairs of the Jones family of Liberty County, Georgia, was a lovingly presented selection of the clan's correspondence between 1854 and 1865. The new volume takes the Rev. Charles Colcock Jones and his immediate family from 1850 to 1852. A devastating fire and an unexpected invitation from the Protestant Board of Domestic Missions brings Charles and Mary from Columbia, South Carolina, to Philadelphia, despite intense worry about the safety and spiritual welfare of ""their people"" (i.e., slaves) on the Liberty County plantation. As corresponding secretary to the Board of Missions, the upright and tireless Charles undertakes an arduous steamboat journey to a General Assembly in St. Louis (""Brother Huntington tells me Nashville is a most fashionable place, and wicked""). Mary and fifteen-year-old Mary Sharpe endure the proverbially cold ways of Philadelphia. The two boys are sent to Princeton, whence Charles, Jr. declaims with a nineteen-year-old's awful solemnity on the nature of liberty, the wonders of science, the virtues of temperance, and the difficulties of calculus. Political anxieties are rarely close to the surface; for the moment nobody seriously anticipates secession. Myers has insisted on drastically suppressing editorial or scholarly links--thus forcing one willy-nilly to discover these people on uncommonly patient and intimate terms.

Pub Date: March 26, 1976

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Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1976