A second Civil War? Florida author Sean Smith envisions the worst in “Tears of Abraham”


There’s been a string of Democratic victories, keeping the White House firmly out of GOP hands. Much of the country feels disenfranchised.

Then, a federal ban on handguns is approved. It’s the final straw. Discontent swells into armed rebellion.

Texas secedes from the Union, followed by most other Southern states, and a bloody civil war breaks out.

That’s the premise behind North Florida novelist Sean Smith‘s new book “Tears of Abraham,” published this week.

“Lincoln is my favorite president,” said Smith. “He was willing to shed blood to keep this country together. But the ‘party of Lincoln’ is no longer that, and when we look at the polarization in America now, I think it would make Lincoln cry.”

Referencing everything from violence at Donald Trump rallies to the division between the country’s two major parties, and the “haves and have-nots,” Smith, in a wide-ranging interview with WJCT, admits that while his book is fiction, it’s not unthinkable.

“I started the book two years ago. Things were already bad then. Now, we’re seeing the seething rage across the country, to where it’s just bursting into the streets. You see folks on social media howling for secession, very anti-government, and I don’t think they realize what a civil war would actually mean. So I wrote this book as a cautionary tale.”

Smith will talk about “Tears of Abraham” and sign copies of the book at an April 2nd appearance at the St. Johns Town Center Barnes and Noble.

Melissa Ross

In addition to her work writing for Florida Politics, Melissa Ross also hosts and produces WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program. The show has won four national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). First Coast Connect was also recognized in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as Best Local Radio Show by Folio Weekly’s “Best Of Jax” Readers Poll and Melissa has also been recognized as Folio Weekly’s Best Local Radio Personality. As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital. During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional Emmys for news and feature reporting. Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications. She can be reached at [email protected].


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