Vanished Glory: A Family in America

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Thomas Dougan left Ireland in 1737 to escape English oppression. With nothing but his sturdy body and his knowledge of farming, he became an indentured servant in Pennsylvania. He fathered a family full of ordinary people caught in extraordinary times. Through the expert story-telling of Connie Lynne Smith, you experience life throughout these times with the Dougan family?from Colonial times to the World Wars. This epic tale, based on true experiences from Smith?s own family tree, illustrates how each generation ...
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Thomas Dougan left Ireland in 1737 to escape English oppression. With nothing but his sturdy body and his knowledge of farming, he became an indentured servant in Pennsylvania. He fathered a family full of ordinary people caught in extraordinary times. Through the expert story-telling of Connie Lynne Smith, you experience life throughout these times with the Dougan family—from Colonial times to the World Wars. This epic tale, based on true experiences from Smith’s own family tree, illustrates how each generation had to fight for its freedom. With each enchanting page, the Dougan family feels more like your own&#151and every joy and sorrow, every triumph and tragedy will touch your heart.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781589820807
  • Publisher: American Book Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 11.50 (w) x 1.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2004

    Vanished Glory: A Family in America

    Tom Dougan, the scion of the clan, left his beloved Ireland in 1737 shortly after the British rulers hanged his best friend. He survived a two-month boat trip to America as well as attacks by Pennsylvania Native Americans to marry his love, Mary Kerr, and raise six children. Thus begins the reader's interesting and often moving trip through the lives, loves and low points of this family's existence. Based on true tales from author Connie Lynne Smith's own family history, Vanished Glory is a poignant portrayal of how each of the six generations of Dougans met and dealt with the particular challenges of their specific time. Smith deftly weaves the multiple stories together to provide a fascinating tapestry of hard-learned lessons from the past from which the reader can benefit. She briefly synopsizes periods with a gentle touch and imparts the knowledge gleaned from them in historical perspective. It is a sweeping, well-paced saga traversing the past from the Revolutionary War to World War II to form the heart-warming tale of the quintessential American family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    Vanished Glory: A Family in America

    Beginning in the 1700's, and spanning eras up through the World Wars, Vanished Glory: A Family In America by Connie Lynne Smith, is an impressively written historical novel that traces the roots, struggles, victories, and heartbreak of a family with roots in American soil since its colonial days when the Irish patriarch escaped English tyranny for life in the New World. A resounding tale of legacies handed through the generations and challenges defining each new decade, Vanished Glory is a wonderful and highly recommended reading experience which documents Connie Lynne Smith as storyteller of talented originality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2003

    Vanished Glory: A Family in America

    What a delight! This book does a wonderful job of teaching us about the pioneers and their historical context, while entertaining us with a rousing good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    Vanished Glory: A Family in America

    WARNING! This book is action-packed! It is not like any other family saga you may have read. When I was given an advance copy, I had no idea what I was in for. IF YOU ARE IRISH-AMERICAN, THIS IS YOUR STORY!! Buy it with true Irish pride!! The story begins in 1737 with a harrowing ride across an endless sea, by a young Irishman escaping brutality and oppression in Ireland. He leaves his family and his homeland behind, to settle a new land in a new world. What follows are years of bondage as an indentured servant, Indian massacres, the Revolutionary War, pioneering in wagon trains, settling virgin land, homesteading on the prairie, slavery, the Civil War, and founding a rowdy, pioneer town called Kansas City. Then, the Irish Famine brings death and ruination for the Dougans, left back home in Ireland. And finally, the family is torn apart by the great wars of the 20th century. They also love, marry, have babies, lose babies, and deal with all the sorrow and happiness that everyday life brings to all of us. A beautiful editing job ties up all this activity in a clean, tidy, wonderfully written package with sincere, realistic characters. Inspired by a true story about real family, each chapter holds a different adventure for the Dougans of Donegal. Each generation endures hardships, lynchings, massacres, wars, murders, brush fires, tornadoes, poverty, famine, and disease, flavored with a generous sprinkling of emotion, joy and glory. You name it, and it happens to this family. VANISHED GLORY is not for the faint of heart! You better fasten your seat belt for a wild, thrilling and exhilarating ride through America. Once you get on the VANISHED GLORY train, there is no getting off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    Vanished Glory: A Family in America

    This book just blew me away! When I finished the last page and closed the book, I just sat for a few moments, dumbfounded at what I had just experienced. I travel a lot and read a lot of really bad books, mystified at how in the world they ever got published. So, you can imagine my shock and amazement at being sent this jewel. I cried buckets and laughed out loud, something a book hasn't done for me in years! What a story! Every single American should read this book! It will give you a renewed sense of the sacrifices and hardships it took to establish and settle this land. Sacrifices that many have, sadly, forgotten. It also does not ignore our shameful history and treatment of Native-Americans and African-American slaves. It pulls no punches and, with wonderful characterizations, makes you wish we could get in a time machine, go back, and get it right next time. It is the story of every American immigrant family, the Irish in particular. It should be required reading in every high school American history class! What the students do not learn from the often dry and boring history books, they will experience through full, dimensional characters, who will take them on this trip through time. Now, I only have one problem. I am dying to read the next installment of the Dougan saga! But right now, America, just sit back, put up your feet, and relish in this riveting, heartbreaking, joyful and triumphant tale. In this post 9/11 world, VANISHED GLORY is just the gift we need right now to make it through these trying times. And if this book doesn't make it to the movies or television, I'll quit watching! This will be bigger than Roots!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Vanished Glory: A Family in America

    What a powerful wallop this novel packs! It has everything you want in an exciting book: action, adventure, drama, emotion, suspense, and, an education in American history. If military catches your fancy, this thing covers all the major wars in the United States, up close and personal, through this gallant family of Dougans, who suffered through them. If family drama is your thing, it doesn't get any more dramatic or emotional than this. This Irish-American author has done herself proud. I think there must be a whole lot of these Dougans, looking down from somewhere, very pleased with themselves, and saying... well done!...it's about time!

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