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Meet Anne Aletha, who fought for equality for all … in 1918. Amid World War I, the Spanish Influenza, and a re-emerging Ku Klux Klan, a young unconventional schoolteacher inherits her uncle’s farm in the Deep South with the intentions of opening a school to educate all children—rich or poor, black or white. Her ambitions and her courage to challenge the systematic racial injustice she witnesses daily plunge herself and those she loves into the violence of the Klan.
BookLife Reviews (Editor’s Pick) calls Anne Aletha an "intriguing story” that "cleverly intertwines fact with fiction.” The story is loosely based on true events, including the brutal lynching of Mary Turner, and her unborn baby, whose only crime was speaking out against her husband’s murder.
Anne Aletha evokes the fortitude of Jane Eyre and the moral conscience of To Kill a Mockingbird, inviting the reader to reflect on the legacy of civil rights and women’s suffrage—and the road that still remains to be traveled.