• The Smallest Tadpole's War in the Land of Mysterious Waters

  • By: Diane Swearingen
  • Narrated by: Jim Seybert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-23-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Smallest Tadpole
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Smallest Tadpole’s War in the Land of Mysterious Waters is based on a true story, a family story. It is part of the Florida Special Collection at the State Library of Florida, and the Florida History Collection at the University of Florida Smathers Library, Florida State Strozier Library and Gulf Coast State College.
In early 1861, Florida was a rural frontier state that had joined the Union just 15 years before. Its population of 140,000 was by far the smallest of any of the states that formed the Confederacy. Nearly 63,000 of the population were African Americans, most of whom were slaves working in an agricultural-based economy. The majority of the white population was relatively poor and rural. In the 1860s, a Northern newspaper referred to Florida as "the smallest tadpole in the dirty pool of succession."
©2015 Diane Swearingen (P)2018 Diane Swearingen
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4 out of 5 stars
By J. Warren Benton on 07-04-18

Life during wartime

This is such a well-researched story that it feels so much like nonfiction I had to double check to see that it wasn't. This gives you an account of Wakulla county Florida in and around the time of the civil war. Coming from a boy who was first was too young to join the war was stuck doing lots of chores for many families in the town because all the Men had gone off to work. This is an enjoyable read for anyone who loves civil war stories. This has little battle and more about what life was like back home. This also has historical relevance because it talks how lots of the men from Florida didn't even own slaves.

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By Cycletrash on 04-29-18

Florida's Part in the Civil War

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of The Smallest Tadpole's War in the Land of Mysterious Waters: by Diane Swearingen and narrated by Jim Seybert. I asked for this book because I like listening to history, especially war history with a focus on the War Between the States. This book did not disappoint. It offers a glimpse into the past showing how and why people lived as they did, the mind set and political machinations of a minority of people that end up affecting the lives of the majority. Jim Seybert did a superlative job narrating this, including his use of a southern inflection. It is a very worthwhile book to listen to and I highly recommend the book and the narrator.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Thomas on 05-04-18

The human side of a bloody conflict

The smallest tadpole offers a glimpse into the American civil war at ground level and tells a very engaging and heartfelt story of what life was like for people going through one of the biggest events in US history.

The story is delivered excellently by Jim Seybert. His Southern accent offers a level of authenticity to the tale and I felt like an old friend was telling me his life story which kept me enthralled throughout.

An excellent bite size piece of history.

I was given this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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