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The March (novel) Summary
E. L. Doctorow

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The March: A Novel Summary

Plot Summary

The March, a novel by E. L. Doctorow, follows an array of disparate characters through the final weeks of the Civil War. As General William Tecumseh Sherman marches his Union troops through Georgia and north through the Carolinas, they are joined by another growing army of followers — freed slaves and displaced well-to-do whites, all of whom are at a loss regarding what to do now that their lives have been turned upside down. There is not one main character or central plot, but rather snippets from the lives of a wide range of characters who are trying to navigate through unique circumstances.

The book opens with Union soldiers looting and burning Fieldstone, the Georgia plantation owned by John and Mattie Jameson, who have fled to Savannah with their most precious belongings. As the troops leave, they are joined by Pearl, the white-skinned daughter of John Jameson and...

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