By the Rivers of Water
A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey
By Erskine Clarke
(Basic Books (AZ), Hardcover, 9780465002726, 450pp.)
Publication Date: October 2013
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The Wilsons returned to New York because of ill health, but their odyssey was not over. Living in the booming American metropolis, the Wilsons welcomed into their handsome home visitors from around the world as they worked for the rapidly expanding Protestant mission movement. As the Civil War approached, however, they heard the siren voice of their Southern homeland calling from deep within their memories. They sought to resist its seductions, but the call became more insistent and, finally, irresistible. In spite of their years of fighting slavery, they gave themselves to a history and a people committed to maintaining slavery and its deep oppressionboth an act of deep love for a place and people, and the desertion of a moral vision.
A sweeping transatlantic story of good intentions and bitter consequences, "By the Rivers of Water" reveals two distant worlds linked by deep faiths.