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- DescriptionSpringfield Illiis 1906. The hometown of The Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln, seethes with racial hatred and Negroes are limited to homes in the impoverished Badlands or to businesses on the vice-ridden Levee. A young Negro woman, Sheba Tully, ventures into this simmering caldron of tensions in search of a better life. After landing a coveted position as a maid for Susan Lawrence Dana, one of the wealthiest and most torious women in town, she meets Elliott Loper, an attractive white reporter for the Springfield Record. Elliott's goal: to become a respected journalist at any cost. As Sheba and Elliott pursue their dreams, the pair encounter obstacles and romance, with explosive consequences. Culminating with the city's 1908 race riot, Water and Fire vividly recreates life in Springfield at the turn of the century, populated with people of the time including poet Vachel Lindsay, Illiis Goverr Charles Deneen, Eva Carroll Monroe, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
- Author BiographyMelinda McDonald has made a career of writing. After graduating with a degree in journalism and mass communications from Iowa State University in the late seventies, she was roving reporter and photographer for three small Iowa newspapers before starting a successful career in business communications. She managed publications and wrote for a variety of organizations including an insurance company, a community college and an association for funeral home directors while keeping her hand in journalism doing freelance writing. For 13 years, she managed marketing communications for a beverage equipment manufacturer in Springfield, Illinois. Since 2010, she has written independently for a number of projects. On the side, she has published five devotionals for the book Women at the Well, Volume II, Judson Press (2003). She is active in her church and was co-editor for a cookbook/devotional. Besides writing, her other consuming passion is Frank Lloyd Wright and she has served as volunteer tour guide at the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, and is now editor of the Volunteer Voice, a monthly newsletter for volunteers at the house. Melinda lives in Rochester, Illinois with her husband, Ron. They have two grown daughters and two birds.
- Author(s)Melinda McDonald
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication10/03/2008
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectAlternative Therapies & Health
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight245 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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