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God, Land, And Iron-bookcover

By: Noel D Conway

God, Land, And Iron

Pages: 228 Ratings: 4.5
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Coalminer, anti-slaver, ironmaster, Indian fighter and bridge builder. Nathaniel Shawcross is all of these and more. Brought up in the turbulent years of the late 18th century, this young Shropshire man develops a sense of justice and commitment to humanity that puts many to shame. A moral code forged in the radicalism of the new enlightenment, evangelical religion and Quakerism soon brings him into conflict with the amoral landowning elite of the time. Fleeing to the American colonies, where he hopes to find a better world, he is dismayed at what he discovers. Notions of savagery and civilisation are turned on their heads. He disappears into the frontier wilderness where he seeks to establish a community that is tolerant and peaceful. But he is beset by personal tragedy and the unstoppable march to racial intolerance, genocide and war. He returns to England to restart his former life but he is a different man and will not shy away from injustice wherever it appears. A man of ideas ahead of his time perhaps, he embraces technological progress as the years draw close to the new century. But he's not without doubts about the future.

The author is a retired college lecturer who has lived in East Shropshire for over 40 years. In 2014 he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, robbing him of the use of his arms and legs. Having been an active walker, climber and skier, he has redirected his energies into a life-long passion for writing. Recently he published a collection of short stories, Tales From the Hill, and his autobiography, Hard Day's Journey into Night. He is a keen historian, and feels privileged to live in an area which is rich in Roman and industrial archaeology.

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  • Colin Muddiman

    God, Land and Iron – Adventures of an English Radical

    I very much enjoyed reading God Land and Iron. Noel Conway has expertly crafted a tale which, through careful research, links the history of a famous corner of Shropshire with events in the Americas concerning commerce, slavery and independence. Following the fortunes of a young miner and his family over many years, this fascinating story was most entertaining and awakened my interest in a period of history about which I had been largely ignorant. This excellent book includes a bibliography which provides many sources of information of further reading.
    CM April 2021


    A really good read
    This was from how Nathaniel Shawcross who started off in a coal mine had a bad accident and then finally leaving and working for the coal mining crowd where he is actually striven and sets off to America in search of trade.but this sharp trade left him with the turmoil and exceptional that led him into the Indian communities.He learned about them and their lives.Then tragedy is formed and he and his daughter she for England to work with iron again and all his company Nathaniel is a different man whose metal will not be the same again. He will strive for perfection and for the mine and all of his life h,is girl friend who was still with Nathaniel and his god daughter..Then when the iron bridge is made with all that he had learned an how the Indians had taught him .This will be the first " The Iron Bridge" A tale remarkably .who brought all these visitors to the sight and is still doing so again.and again.

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