It was a unique time. The nation split the atom, but had not yet been split by a land in Southeast Asia. Facebook and Twitter lay far in the future. Imagination, not video games, created a world we eagerly explored. But, beneath the idyllic veneer of the 1950s, tremendous stresses were building.
Sputnik brought a space race; Cuba pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war; leaders were assassinated; and millions struggled to secure their rights as Americans. Then, a place called Vietnam tore at the very soul of the nation. This volatile soup produced emotions and values that defined a generation.
Cheese Grits is about the joy and wonder of childhood, the awkwardness of young romance, and crumbling of the world we knew. Historic events are seen through the raw, unfiltered eyes of children who were deeply affected by them.
Humor, fear, and naïve confidence accompany a generation navigating a complicated world.
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