Southern Duty: A Story of Georgia Pioneers by Brian Paley
Southern Duty is a biographical story tracing the lives of Malinda Field and Joseph Donaldson as they strive to raise a family during the antebellum period in the U.S. South. Due to a family tragedy, Malinda is forced into an arranged marriage at the age of twelve. After her controlling husband dies, she reunites with and marries her childhood friend, Joseph, and they move to a wilderness area called Cherokee Nation. In spite of the trials of pioneering, the Indian Removal period, slavery, major business failures, and raising a large family, they rise to become the richest family in Cherokee County, Georgia. Finally they are faced with deprivation and reconstruction efforts due to the Civil War, as well as the tragic death of their youngest son.
Southern Duty is an inspiring story of the indomitable human spirit driven primarily by duty: to family, to community, to the Southern way of life, and ultimately to all fellow human beings. The book provides clear and sometimes intriguing links between events of the past and the environment of today.