Dawn Rolland has been researching her family's history since 2007. Her 2nd book, Alphaeus Prowell: An Unordinary Life documents her research of his extraordinary and inspiring life story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had presumed the letters Alphaeus wrote from Spain were lost forever. Locating them was one of my greatest genealogical finds. He was now more than just a name on the family tree, through the letters he became a real person and I got to know him. I didn’t know much about the Spanish Civil War, I got an unexpected history lesson.
What are you working on next?
I’m fascinated with my Prowell Family line. I have 2 more books on the family coming out this year that documents my research.
In 1937, Alphaeus Prowell joined the American volunteers who traveled to Spain to fight in the Spanish Civil War. These extraordinary letters written by Prowell captured the heart and soul of his war experience. They also reveal the man behind the revolutionary, and tell of the women he loved and left behind for a cause.