28TH ANNUAL WRITERS DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS
UNFALTERING TRUST Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4 Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4 Voice and Writing Style: 4
Unfaltering Trust—the title quote from poet William Cullen Bryant's “Thanatopsis”—traces the Fitz Randolph family descendants, including Barack Obama and both Bush presidents. As many family historians find, their ancestors emigrated from England under duress—we might call them refugees today. They were pilgrims, part of the Great Emigration of the 1630s to Plymouth Colony. But the Massachusetts Puritans, rigid and unforgiving, soon routed the Pilgrims, a less straight-laced group, who fled. They settled in what became Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Such family histories make one realize that immigration has always been and will continue to be a major issue in the formation of countries, especially this one. Fascinating tidbits include a Randolph who made Thomas Jefferson's favorite lap desk, to those who fought in the Revolutionary War, helped build the country’s manufacturing base, and served in civic organizations and modern wars, banks, railroads, Cambria Iron Company, and the Wawa food empire. The book would be most interesting to descendants, local libraries, and genealogical and historical societies. The notes include secondary and primary sources useful for research.