“Sweeping”—William S. Connery, author of Civil War Northern Virginia 1861 and Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia
“An American story . . . Authentic, genuine, and relatable”—Jim Howell, business consultant, McLean, Virginia
How would you react to history’s trials? Could you overcome fear and doubt and rise to the challenge? What did it feel like to the very real individuals who faced moments that make us gasp?
Willi Edelmann, a Hessian prisoner of war—Adsila, a Cherokee woman on the Trail of Tears—Toby Morris, a runaway slave boy—Eleanor Roosevelt Simmons, a young woman called to help African-Americans—all face historic challenges as their lives unpredictably intertwine. Their families must grapple with both society’s bigotry and each generation’s special trials to fulfill the dream they share.
PEOPLE OF THE DREAM is historical fiction anchored in the real life events of American history. Its gripping blend of personal drama with humor and rich historical settings will appeal to readers who enjoy books like Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and Noah Gordon’s The Physician. Set in multiple locations across the country, People of the Dream sweeps readers along from colonial times through the present—all through the eyes of men, women, and children who lived these experiences first hand.
Visit Washington at Valley Forge—help build the West—fight to end slavery—protest for women’s right to vote—join a 1920s jam session—work as a “Rosie the Riveter”—grow up in the 1950s—and live so many more moments in history as you enjoy People of the Dream.
Author Michael V. Macijeski taught history for over twenty years. His journeys have taken him to four continents. He lives in Northfield, Vermont where he raised his children with his wife Patricia, has written for local media, and enjoys making music. This is his first novel.
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About the Author
Mike Macijeski taught U.S. History and world history in public and private secondary schools for more than 20 years before retiring in 2019. He holds a Masters in Education from Norwich University. Mike has also performed extensively as a vocalist and guitarist, primarily in ensembles. His travels for singing and service work have taken him to Japan, South Korea, Russia, England, France, and Tanzania, as well as across the U.S. Mike remains active in his community, where over the years he has served as a Justice of the Peace, softball umpire, and town service officer.