by Nancy Niblack Baxter, Senior Editor Hawthorne Publishing In Southern Indiana a generation or so ago, a sort of joke-mini-tale was this: “Natives were sitting around a campfire. ‘Give us a story,’ the chief said and pointed at a woman.
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Anneliese (Lee) Krauter, an Indiana resident since the 1950s, has written a compelling memoir of her “other life,” which was as a young German/American girl in America during World War II. From the Heart’s Closet tells the story of her life with her mother and father and brother, who were eager to live the American dream but also active in the German/American section of New York City as World War II came.
The author of this book now lives in Franklin, Indiana. But her growing-up years were spent in the deep South: South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana. This book tells the story of her odyssey through a segregated culture. Loving the rich history of the region, she still wondered about the prejudice in her society: an ugly bus incident, discrimination in stores, a cross burning in the neighborhood. This is the story of how the Civil Rights movement came to a working class southern belle and started her on a different course.
Janet Horton was one of the first women chaplains in the US military. Men in the armed forces were not easily accepting women in the days of challenge and change in the 1970s. Some officers and enlisted men, even among the chaplaincy, refused to respect women chaplains. Both officers and men sometimes mocked, demeaned and threatened Horton in her work.