A young Yankee soldier who is disillusioned by the war deserts in order to reunite with his Southern relatives. Author Stephen Wrigh'ts new book, The Amalgamation Polka is a book that focuses on the taboos of the 19th century United States. We are introduce to a young man Liberty Fish from New York who is only 16 years old when the Civil War starts. Liberty is the only child of a anti-slavery couple, but he also has relatives who live in the South and are slave holders.
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Liberty decides to join the Union Army and lies about his age in order to enlist. Liberty is quickly thrown into battle and his regiment is near decimated, after which he realizes the war is not for him and deserts.
The remainder of the book Liberty goes down South to try to reunite with his relatives who are slave owners. He will witness the brutality of slavery, the raping and amalgamation that the slaves endued.
Best part of story, including ending:
The main character is a protagonist. This shows in many details the bad things that life has to offer.
Best scene in story:
How quickly war can change people. Liberty after only one battle became disillusioned by war.
Opinion about the main character:
Liberty seemed very unaffected about the horrors of slavery. was surprising since he was a Union Soldier and his parents were stanch abolitionists.