North and South


Author: John Jakes

Title: North and South

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 1982

Number of Pages: 812

Geographical Setting: North and South United States, Mexico, West
Point, New York State.

Time Period: 1842-1861

Series (If applicable):
Part 1 of The North and South trilogy

Plot Summary:  The story revolves around the Hazards from Pennsylvania and the Mains from South Carolina during the time period from 1842 to the breakout of the Civil War.  George Hazard and Orry Main meet as cadets at West Point in 1842 and serve together during the Mexican War where Orry is severely injured and released from service. The men meet again closer to the onset of the Civil War and resume their friendship.  The book is made up of various family related conflicts but places emphasis on the two family’s
differences.  These would be common differences that set apart Northern and Southern Americans from one another at this point in time.  The Mains are rice growing southerners while the Hazards are industrial business minded northerners.  The issue of slavery is also a central part of the story.

Subject Headings: Family relationships, abolitionists, United States, History, 19th Century, Slavery, Revenge

 Appeal: Character-driven, historical details, dense, descriptive, accurate, emotionally charged, engaging, dramatic, complex

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Character-driven, historical details, engaging

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Battle Cry of Freedom: The
Civil War Era
by James McPherson.  Although the book deals with the entire Civil
War emphasis is placed on pre-war economical and political issues that drove
the war.

The Civil War by Bruce Catton.  Although
covering the entire war this book does cove the pre-war time periods that Jake’s
North and South takes place.

The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote.  Foote’s
historical series flows like a well written novel.  Time line wise volume 1 will coincide the
most with Jake’s North and South.

 3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara. This book deals with time period in the prior to
the outbreak of the Civil War.

Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.  This
book presents the Civil War from both the Northern and Southern

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk.  Although
not from the Civil War time period.
Similar to Jakes, Wouk is historically accurate and the book deals with
war time family situations.

Name: Bill P.


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