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Battleground State




Natasha Patel

Smashwords Edition


This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental.



Battleground State © 2013 by Natasha Patel.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any way form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system without written permission from the author.


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To all the volunteers who labored alongside us and turned the campaign into a family reunion.

“All the great battlegrounds of the civil rights movement were in the South. In the North there seem to be a great many people with little faith, people who have almost given up, people who feel that they have little to hold on to or believe in. They never went through what we went through. They never tasted directly what we tasted. So they simply do not believe.” John Lewis, 1996, Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

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