The main character in the story is my great-grandfather Cornelis Treur, who traveled as a young man with the love of his youth and her family to America. His letters to his family back home are the main theme in the book. In order to give the letters an extra dimension, Cornelis's stories as an individual are set within the context of the rapidly changing world of his time.
Cornelis writes about his experiences on the great progress in America but also about his concerns as the outbreak of ' The Great War '.
After struggling for a few years he is finally living the 'American Dream' until the Spanish flu also reached the North American village Williamstown. The great thing about the history of an individual is that it is only seldom politically colored or censored in later years
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