Freedom of the press is in peril. Families are torn apart by politics and principle. Opposing political parties manipulate the public in speeches, public meetings, and the media, grasping for votes and consolidating power. Foreign nations peddle influence in all directions to achieve their own ends. The struggle between citizens and government tugs at the threads of the American Constitution… and democracy itself. In a matter of moments, the United States will shatter, beginning the long march of the American Civil War.
Harry Wentworth, gentleman of distinction and journalist of renown, spends a lifetime of social and financial capital, exploiting his position as Executive Editor of the Philadelphia Daily Standard, to try to arrest the momentum of both Union and Confederacy. To his sorrow and disgust, his calls for peaceful resolution are worth no more than the ink he buys to print them. As such, he must finally resolve his own moral quandary: comment on the war from his influential—safe—position in Northern Society or make a news story and a target of himself south of the Mason-Dixon Line, in a city haunted by a life he has long since left behind? His choices, from the first day of the war to the last, will irrevocably alter his mind, his body, his spirit, and his purpose as an honorable man.
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Travel backward and forward through time with multiple authors and fiction genres: drama, horror, women’s fiction, historical fiction, time travel, historical or contemporary romance, and paranormal. Shoot through the lens of a photographer or the pistol of a highway brigand; meet death with a ghost-writer, or a president and his cabinet with a deck of cards; brave life in a new country, or just in a new era of civil rights; or conceal yourself in time with an orphan of the apocalypse.
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If you loved the editorials in Blind Tribute, you can now purchase “Wentworth and Hoyt Bulletins” exclusively on this website, featuring some of the most popular of Harry’s writings.
The Grass Snake Gazette: “My Broken Home”
“The Spoils of War”
P. H. Wentworth III, Executive Editor of Wentworth and Hoyt, places the War Between the States in historical and military context.
“Unequal Under the Law”
P. H. Wentworth III, Executive Editor of Wentworth and Hoyt, advocates enfranchisement for all Americans.
P. H. Wentworth III, Executive Editor of Wentworth and Hoyt, addresses the educational advancement of newly freed slaves.
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