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  • SubGenre:Political Process / Campaigns & Elections
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Gitche Gumee Trilogy
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:268
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781667859576

In The Arms Of Gitche Gumee

The Political Journey Of Evangeline LeBlanc

by James P. Hill

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Evangeline LeBlanc is a First American woman who lived her entire life in a tiny Michigan town perched on the southern shore of Lake Superior. However, her destiny was not to live a sheltered and uncomplicated life in northern Michigan. The waves of Gitchee Gumee (Lake Superior) had other plans for her. Her spiritually inspired journey was both painful and turbulent, but one which would eventually lead her to the nation's capital and prepare her for the pivotal role she would play in the 2024 Presidential election.


This novel is a tale of political intrigue which begins and is centered in Michigan's rural Upper Peninsula. It traces the spiritually inspired journey of a First American woman from her childhood days traveling with her parents to environmental rallies to becoming a key political figure in deciding the outcome of the 2024 Presidential election. Her journey is shaped by her first American heritage, the tribal casinos that populate the Upper Peninsula, and most importantly the waves of Gitchee Gumee (Lake Superior), which pull her away from the comfort of her bucolic life and eventually carry her to the highest corridors of political power. The political lessons Evangeline learns morphing from her role as an environmental activist to a member of Congress are harsh ones, as she suffers painful losses during her journey, However, her political education from the campaign trail and her spiritual faith serves her well, as it prepares her to make the most consequential national political decision any member of Congress has ever had to make.

About the author

James Hill was born and spent his early adult life in Michigan's rural Upper Peninsula. Growing up in a small town within a one-hour drive of three of the five Great Lakes, he developed a love of northern Michigan that stayed with him, even after he left for college and then to Washington D.C. to pursue his other passion, politics. Working in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, he developed a keen instinct for politics and political processes. He returned to Michigan as a university professor. a political consultant for several state and federal campaigns, and held local and state offices. Dr. Hill was a political science professor for over three decades, researching and publishing academic articles on environmental politics. Upon his retirement, he and his wife Kathy moved to the Chicago area. Dr. Hill holds a B. A. and Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

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