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Chickens and the Civil War: a roasted dinner from A LIFE FOR NANCY—THE DAUGHTER OF FRANKIE SILVER

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Lean times are common for Nancy and her children as they struggle to survive in Danita Stoudemire and Riley Henry’s historical novel, A Life for Nancy—The Daughter of Frankie Silver (Bookstand Publishing, 2012). But when winter hits their rural Appalachian community in the midst of the Civil War, life becomes unbearable in the cabin where they all fight to exist. Two days before Christmas, however, Nancy—the daughter of the only woman in Burke County, North Carolina to be hanged for murder—finds a dead chicken lying on the ground outside. She decides to pluck the pitiful bird and bring it inside to share with her children for Christmas dinner. A small store of root vegetables and other sturdy produce remains buried…

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