Blythe Forcey Toussaint

About me

I have published Year of Disunion: A Novel of the Dawn of the American Civil War. (Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.) This novel tracks the life of a family in 1861 as the Civil War begins. I have studied 19th Century American history and culture for many years, including a 1992 PhD in 19th Century American Literature from the U Colorado at Boulder. My academic career included several years as faculty at NC State University and some visiting assignments at the University of North Carolina. I chose to leave academe for industry over fifteen years ago, and have built a career around marketing, training, and business writing. I founded my own consulting company and now balance my time between consulting and fiction writing. I have just finished another novel, set in 1811, that includes some magical realism. The memory of my grandmother, Anya Seton, inspires me to keep writing.

From my website

Only Victims and Villains? Evolution of Slavery in America, Part I

As I grew up in Upstate New York, on a main line of the Underground Railroad and near the Harriet Tubman Home and Research center, I learned the lessons of slavery from the point of view of the Yankee victors. I spent the first several decades of my life knowing only that…

Dressing for 1861 – Wearing a Corset

When I was preparing for my full-costume author visit to Manassas in honor of the sesquicentennial last year, I wanted to be as authentic as possible.  I have described in a previous post how the hoop crinoline was actually surprisingly comfortable and freeing to wear (, and I have promised…

Southern Views of What Really Started the Civil War, Part I

Introduction – Moving from North to South For my past three posts, I have been discussing Northern views  of potential causes of the war and and have covered how impacts of Cultural & Economic Pressures, the rise of the Abolitionist Movement,  and disputes about Federal vs. States Rights shaped Northern…

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