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After a thirty-seven-year career as a law enforcement officer, Sam Robbins was settling into a new routine two weeks into his retirement, but this morning would prove to be anything but routine.
On his morning walk he finds himself transported in time to the year 1901. His hometown of Birmingham, Alabama is struggling to emerge from a rowdy boom town into a leading industrial city and economic center of the south. Faced with the harsh reality of life in 1901, we follow his journey as he assimilates into the time, develops relationships, and struggles desperately to find a way back home while watching his city literally rise before his eyes. Along the way he encounters people and events that create more questions than answers as to how he got here and how to get home again.
Amidst the prosperity and development, Birmingham was emerging as industrial mecca of the world. Immigrants flooded into to the area to take advantage of all the opportunities as the city gained notice as being on the verge of becoming a major city. During this time, with reconstruction failed, the new south was employing every tactic possible to ensure that Jim Crow laws kept races separate. Hostilities grew, not only against blacks, but also Catholics and other immigrants. Despite the tensions, political infighting, and tremendous growth, the city prospered and flourished.
This is a story of those troubling times and the friendship and bond between two men -- one black and one white. It’s their story and it endures much longer than you would think.