American Revolution, Swiss Families, South Carolina, Swiss Settlers, Immigration
Often, historians neglect or embellish episodes of the past according to their own biases and viewpoints. Thus, history is a lattice-work of varying interpretations. Yet in Carol Williams' novel, the reader discovers that fiction is sometimes able to fill some of the gaps inherent in this historical lattice-work. Her work, although fictional, respectfully illuminates a contentious and paramount epoch of American history - the American Revolution. With meticulous research and an intimate familiarity with the South Carolina landscape, Williams describes the experience of three Swiss families struggling to make sense of a time in which their world seemed turned upside down.
"Book Review: By Wonders and By War. A Novel. Chicago: Swiss-American Historical Society, 1999. vi, 508 pp.,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 36:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol36/iss2/4