Henry Chappell Silent We Stood

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Silent We Stood

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2014 Western Writers of America Spur Award Winner, Best Western Historical Novel

On July 8, 1860, Dallas, Texas burned. Three slaves were accused of arson and hanged without a trial. Today, most historians attribute the fire to carelessness.
         Texas was the darkest corner of the Old South, too remote and violent for even the bravest abolitionists. Yet North Texas newspapers commonly reported runaway slaves, and travelers in South Texas wrote of fugitives heading to Mexico.
         Perhaps a few prominent people were all too happy to call the fire an accident.
         Silent We Stood weaves the tale of a small band of abolitionists working in secrecy within Dallas’s close-knit society. There’s Joseph Shaw, an undertaker and underground railroad veteran with a shameful secret; Ig Bodeker, a charismatic, melancholic preacher; Rachel Bodeker, a fierce abolitionist, Ig’s wife, and Joseph Shaw’s lover; Rebekah, a freed slave who’ll sacrifice everything for the cause; Samuel Smith, a crypto-freedman whose love for Rebekah exacts a terrible cost; and, towering above them all, a near-mythical one-armed runaway who haunts area slavers and brings hope to those dreaming of freedom.
        With war looming and lives hanging in the balance, ideals must be weighed against friendship and love, and brutal decisions yield secrets that must be taken to the grave.

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Henry Chappell is the author of two novels, Blood Kin and The Callings (TTUP, 2002 and 2004), four non-fiction books, and dozens of articles. He lives with his family in Parker, Texas. www.byhenrychappell.com

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This is a well-wrought novel, filled with suspense, pathos, and human drama. --Kathryn M. Lang, writer and editor

Paints an engrossing, fact-based and frequently tense portrait of slavery and anti-slavery sentiments in North Texas in 1860. Silent We Stood provides a realistic and often tense look at how the Underground Railroad might have functioned in and just beyond Dallas County as the Civil War loomed. --Dallas Morning News

Chappell is fully in command of the art of fiction. . . . I regard Silent We Stood as being among the finest Civil War novels I have ever read. --Civil War Book Review

Filled with suspense and human drama, this novel could become a classic work of pre-Civil War America. Chappell is a superior writer of literature in his use of language, blending in historical characters with his fictional ones with great success. This novel has all the breathtaking cruelties and valor a lover of historical novels can hope for. Highly recommended. --Historical Novels Review

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