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book.jpgWhat happens to a man in Antebellum America who disobeys every impulse of his own conscience? Implosion threatens the homestead of Daniel Dickenson, the protagonist of Linda Spalding's historical novel, The Purchase (Pantheon), when the abolitionist is forced to buy a slave upon moving to the rural edge of Virginia. Spalding examines the root of the American conflict -- the inherent war between spirit and commerce -- with clarity and nerve.

Read an excerpt from The Purchase.

The Purchase

Linda Spalding

Producers:
Connie Alvarez
Alan Howard

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