George Morgan was born in New Jersey during the period of political unrest caused by fears of communism and free thinking groups staged in the United States.
His family relocated to a community in southern Paraguay that had originally been established during the period in Great Britain when German Christians were fleeing persecution in that country. Those groups were there after escaping from Germany, and Hitler’s Nazi takeover.
There in Paraguay he was brought up among other families that had left their former lives in various countries around the world. He lived there in a landscape of horse drawn wagons, thatched roofed homes with dirt floors and communal living.
A three-village triangle set miles apart of farming, ranching, and manufacturing made up the only world he knew as a child.
The early sixties found him back in America settled into a different sort of community of Quaker and Friends, tucked neatly away in a beautiful valley below the Black Mountain range of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains that made up some of the southern mountains of the Appalachians.
He was educated in the rural mountain schools and was well acquainted with the strong bonds of the local people and families there. Coming to learn the term that “poor folks has got poor ways” and that somehow in the end, it made no difference at all.
He knew what kin folk meant, and that, “come stay the night with us,” was a strong vote of acceptance and an outstretched hand of friendship and mutual understanding.
With his father as a political activist, he was exposed to the emotions and actions of first the civil rights, and then the antiwar movements of the times.
Leaving home for days at a time to go into the hills as a young boy and young man, he lived under the sky with close friends, catching brook trout to cook over an open fire with a side of hush puppies and wild onions.
He later moved away to locations north and south, working and learning about the human way, but always returning after two to four years to his Carolina home. Finally giving up his roaming ways, he settled in the Great Smoky Mountains, in and around Asheville where he lives and works today with his wife and two children.
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DISUNITED “Clan and Kin—Beginning or End
by George Morgan
Behind the action and intrigue of an international-arms-deals-gone-wrong, is the story of a Cherokee clan committed to family, community, and working together in the face of a world equally committed to tearing them apart. Disunited is the story of Dr. Bryson and his son, Devan, who learn the dire consequences of personal betrayal and, through the personal hardships that follow, rediscover home.
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