Rebecca Davis is considered a pioneer in literary realism. She worked tirelessly to effect social change for blacks, women, Native Americans, immigrants, and the working class. Her writings depicted the plight of these groups in 19th century America. Originally published in 1862 Margret Howth brings to life the turmoil of mid-nineteenth century Americans caught in local and national wars. This novel of love, work, and money is about the failures of capitalist enterprise, dreams of political utopia, and the redemptive mercy of a black woman. Lois Yare embodies the author's commitment to spiritual values and her quiet rage at pervasive injustice.