1. Why is it important that Caroline Miller's characters shared the same dialect as the real south Georgia pioneers of the 1830s?
Language gives readers a sense of one's background and education. In order to accurately depict the way life was in the book's setting, Caroline Miller's characters should reflect a dialect that was true to the time and place.
2. Why did Caroline Miller choose rural south Georgia in the 1830s as the setting her for novel?
Miller wrote this book during the Great Depression and chose the faith, courage, and perseverance of the south Georgia pioneers as her theme. The hardships her characters had to face paled in comparison to her readers, giving them a new perspective about their own situations.