Rumpf's tale of her forbears' plight in surviving two of the world's most violent and significant revolutions is both riveting and informative; it fills a void in a neglected chapter of our nation's history by narrating the consequences of the world's only successful slave revolt. -- Alfred Hunt, author of Haiti's Influence on Antebellum America
An historical novel with immediacy and impact, In Liberty's Name has vividly drawn characters caught in the dynamics of the French Revolution and its consequences across the Atlantic world. Its depictions of power, violence, tradition, ethnicity, gender, and class in France and the Caribbean from the late 18th century through the early 19th illustrate many unresolved struggles. Eva Augustin Rumpf has written fiction that carries us to this exotic world, all the while reminding us of universal concerns, especially those involving the well-being of our families. -- Thomas Bonner, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Xavier University of Louisiana, author of The Kate Chopin Companion with Chopin's Translations of French Fiction, and former editor of Xavier Review and Xavier Review Press.
From the chaotic streets of Paris during the French Revolution to the turbulent plantations in what would become Haiti, and then on to adventures in Cuba and New Orleans, In Liberty's Name is a sweeping story of adventure, passion, intrigue and heartbreak. With rich historical details, indelible characters and a gripping narrative, Eva Augustin Rumpf has given us a compelling look at some of the most riveting events in history. -- Paul Salsini, author of A Tuscan Trilogy
Author Eva Rumpf's epic tale, based on the story of her ancestors and actual historical events, unfolds against the backdrop of two revolutions, three continents, and four countries. In Liberty's Name shines a personal light on a crucial and complex era in the history of the French West Indies and its little-known, underestimated impact on the young United States. This fast- paced narrative puts the proverbial meat on the bones of history, and should be of great interest to those descendants of the 25,000 French refugees from the brutal Haitian Revolution, most of whom ended up in America. It will also appeal to genealogists in general and lovers of history, as well as to those who savor a well-told tale of war, peril, and romance. -- Augusta Elmwood, Director, Saint-Domingue Special Interest Group, Jefferson Genealogical Society, New Orleans, LA
Eva Augustin Rumpf vividly brings to life part of the fascinating pre-history of New Orleans: the twin upheavals of revolution in late 18th and early 19th century France and Saint-Domingue (now Haiti). These events forever altered the lives of the men and women, freed and enslaved, who would transform this distinctly unique American city. Using her own family's history and aided by her research, imagination and skillful writing, she reveals the impact of politics, power struggles, and racial conflict upon a generation, reminding us that history is --Mary Gehman, President, Margaret Media, Inc., Donaldsonville, LA