Freemen and Dreamers Vol. 4 Oh, Say Can You See? (Freeman and Dreamers)

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Tis The Star-Spangled Banner; O! Long May it Wave...

Though the capital smolders, the battered Constitution and the presidency have survived. But the British left the struggling government no home. Gone are the symbols of America - the Capitol Building and the President's House, and nearly every relic of the infant nation.

Britain's next target is the port city of Baltimore, but has the raid on Washington stiffened the Americans' backs?

As the Willows women mourn their absent men - gone to war, or wounded, or captured - they await the birth of a blessed child.

Miles away, attorney Francis Scott Key embarks on a diplomatic mission that will leave an everlasting mark on America. Proving that the pen can indeed by more powerful than the sword, Key records the fears and hopes of his embattled people. His epic poem soon set to music and titled "The Star-Spangled Banner," rallies a shattered nation to rise from its knees to claim the dream of "one nation under God" during the closing hours of the War of 1812.

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Laurie (L.C.) Lewis was born and raised in rural Maryland, surrounded by history-rich Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore. She and her husband Tom reside in Carroll County, Maryland where they raised their four children. Oh, Say Can You See is Laurie’s sixth published novel. Her other novels include Unspoken (2004), Awakening Avery (2010, as Laurie Lewis), and the first three volumes in the FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), and Dawn’s Early Light (2009). Dark Sky at Dawn and Twilight’s Last Gleaming were finalists in the 2008 USA Best Books competition. The fifth and final volume of FREE MEN and DREAMERS, In God Is Our Trust, was released in 2012. Laurie's most recent project is The Dragons of Alsace Farm, scheduled for release in May of 2016. Laurie loves hearing from her readers and may be contacted through her website, www.laurielclewis.com, or her blog, www.laurielclewis.blogspot.com.

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LDS Fiction: Oh, Say CanYou See? By L.C. Lewis
By JennieHansen · January 20, 2011
 
 In the fourth volume of Free Menand Dreamers, Oh, Say Can you See? L.C. Lewis continues the story of a nation under siegewith the Capitol Building and the President's House among the dozens ofbuildings in Washington D.C. burned by the British in their quest to humiliatethe Americans and wrest control of the Mississippi River.  The country isin turmoil as the untrained volunteer militias more often run than stand tofight.
JedPearson, though sick, injured, and in chains is aboard a British ship en routeto the dreaded Dartmoor  prison.  He has been charged with thecowardly act of firing on a white flag. Though innocent, under British law hemust prove his innocence, even though those who could serve as witnesses areback in America where the law differs in that guilt, rather than innocence,must be proved.
Hannahis back at The Willows and expecting her first child.  All of the womenand children sheltering there, with the help of the freed slaves, arestruggling to rebuild the plantation which was burned by an enemy and tocontinue normal lives while worrying about their men who are fighting,prisoners, or wounded.
Abeland his son, Caleb, are freed slaves who join the Army where they suffer abuseas severe as they faced as slaves.  Still they take pride in serving theircountry and receiving a salary.  Abel is a huge, towering man, who brushesoff the insults directed toward him by two bigoted, cruel soldiers until theywhip young Caleb, his son and attempt to kill his wife.  Abel kills one ofthem in defending his wife and other innocent victims.  Those who love himattempt to cover for him since according to Maryland law at that time, a blackperson who killed a white person even in self defense, was to be hanged.
MarkusO'Malley, the Willows foreman, is chosen to accompany Francis Scott Key on amission to obtain the release of a doctor who is being held prisoner aboard aBritish ship.  The mission only partially succeeds and they are heldprisoners on their own ship while the British launch an assault onBaltimore.  It is during that perilous situation where they are tauntedand forced to watch the attack on the city where their loved ones live and cando nothing to protect or warn them, that Key writes the poem that eventuallybecame a rallying anthem for the American people, then the National Anthemcalled the Star Spangled Banner.
Thereis to be one more volume in this series, so there are several sub plots thatare left dangling, but this volume goes far toward enlightening the reader tothe terrible injustices and backroom greed that launched the war.  Itpoints up the legal inequities between races, nations, and genders, in spite ofthe constitution at that time.  It also highlights the terrible lossesthat occur when good people do nothing and when wealth, prestige, power, greed,or any other personal interest is placed before freedom.
Lewis'sability to write a fast-paced, moving story with strong characters has growngreatly since her first volume.  The action is swift and it is easy tocare about the characters as well as the towering story set forth.Research is meticulous.  This book is a fascinating way to become betterinformed about a piece of our national past that bears strong similarities insome aspects to our current political scene.  There are sharp contrasts aswell, not only in law, but in medical care, communication, and transportationof that day compared to current means.
Lewislives in Maryland with her husband and that is where they raised theirfour children. She is a popular historical speaker and workshop presenter witha deep love for LDS and American history. Being so close to Philadelphia,Washington D.C., and Baltimore she has grown up with a strong connection toAmerica's past.

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