Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee is an engaging and beautiful story about God and forgiveness.
The story is told in two timelines - the depression era and the Civil War.
Lorena Leland is living in the aftermath of the stock market crash in 1929. Her once wealthy family is now living in poverty and struggling to put food on the table.
To help financially, Lorena accepts a job with the Federal Writers’ Project and is sent to interview Frankie, a 101-year-old former slave from Nashville.
Frankie’s captivating story challenges Lorena’s perceptions of slavery and teaches her about God and forgiving.
As the two women become friends, they find a connection that has bonded them for generations.
This is a great story of two women from different backgrounds who cross societial boundaries and form and enduring friendship.
Although this is a fictional story, some of the events did happen.
Some of Frankie’s story takes place at Fort Negley built by Union Troops just before the battle of Nashville. The fort has been restored and is open to visitors.
The Federal Writers’ Project (FWP)
The FAP was created in 1935 by President Roosevelt to provide jobs for unemployed writers, librarians, researchers, and editors.
Their work resulted in various publications such as the Slave Narrative Collection that included interviews of over 2,000 former slaves.
Stock Market Crash
In 1929, there was a major decrease in stock market values, leaving thousands with no money and unemployed. It contributed to the Great Depression.
This is one of my new favorites. You will love this story.