1919 - Misfortune’s End Highlights Themes Highly Relevant to This Year’s Election
Award Winning Novel Details The Struggle of Civil Rights Leaders
NEW YORK, September 22, 2008 – ZAPmedia is pleased to announce the continued momentum of sales of the historical fiction novel 1919- Misfortune’s End. The award-winning novel explores the lives of an African American family and the choices they must face in participating in the political institutions of this country.
Prominent themes developed and repeated through the story including civil rights, racism, wartime propaganda and the power of hope reflect similar events in today’s headlines, leaving the reader to consider the parallels between our time and this turbulent era of American history.
1919- Misfortune’s End engages the reader with the struggles facing the African American Johnson family of Washington D.C. as they suffer continuous injustices at the hands of their white neighbors and leaders. Benjamin Johnson emerges as a remarkably vigorous character; tired of being trampled unjustly, he decides to join forces with the NAACP to further the cause of his African American brethren.
“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.” W. E. B. Du Bois
Through the brave actions of these early civil rights leaders The United States is finally able to seriously consider a nomination of an African American for the presidency, Barack Obama. As this year’s historic election approaches, these themes of civil rights, racism and hope are more important than ever. It is because of the struggle of historic figures such as those featured in 1919- Misfortune’s End that all Americans can have their voices heard in this monumental election.
The power of hope plays a significant role through the cataclysmic changes and disasters facing the protagonists in 1919- Misfortune’s End. This theme of progress and change is oft repeated in regards to this November election as the country considers a major shift in the direction of the economy and the war.
“People miss the parallels that today’s society has with America of ninety years ago,” said Paula Phelan, author of 1919- Misfortune’s End, “Readers imagine that lynching and riots were a part of a different time, but they are a very real, and a relatively recent part of American history.”
1919 – Misfortune’s End is currently available at local bookstores, through its publisher, ZAPmedia and on Amazon.com.
About 1919 – Misfortune’s End
1919 – Misfortune’s End is a work of historical fiction that explores the lives of two families living in Boston and Washington D.C. through the four seasons of 1919. The story illustrates a pivotal era of history through the lives of everyday people. Phelan reveals how, in the face of unimaginable challenges, it is human nature to keep hope alive.
ZAPmedia is a boutique publisher of books, art and Web content located in New York City. Its primary goal is to identify and promote the works of new authors and artists that have exceptional and original talent, a vast wellspring of creative potential and are just beginning to find their voice and audience. ZAPmedia can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.zapmedia.com.