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The Jack Ellis Writers Workshop

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June 21-22, 2024

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Review: Sergeant Sandlin: Kentucky’s Forgotten Hero

Reviewed by Eliane Fowler Palencia ~ James Gifford, director of the Jesse Stuart Foundation, is always careful to set the metes and bounds of his books. Of his biography of Willie Sandlin, Kentucky’s only World War I Medal of Honor recipient, he states, “this is not a textbook, nor is it a book written for scholars. It is a popular history and inspirational biography…” (11). It is also the [...]

By |February 29, 2024|Categories: Appalachia, Jesse Stuart Foundation, Review|

Getting Published

Because I have managed a non-profit publishing organization for almost forty years, I have had some strange encounters with the general public. People often simply do not understand what a publishing house does, and they confuse printing with publishing. I calmly explain that “We are not a printing company. We are a publishing house. We make and sell books. That’s what a publisher does.” In response to that, I [...]

By |February 27, 2024|Categories: James M. Gifford, Jesse Stuart Foundation|

Review: Jesse Stuart: Immortal Kentuckian

Reviewed by Elaine Fowler Palencia ~ More than 30 years have passed since the winds generated by Jesse Hilton Stuart’s astonishing energy blew through eastern Kentucky. The experiences of subsistence farming and teaching in one-room schools that he drew on to become “America’s most famous chronicler of rural life” (9), are mostly gone. The way of life that molded Stuart, the son of uneducated tenant farmers, is as unknown [...]

By |February 22, 2024|Categories: Appalachia, Jesse Stuart Foundation, Review|

Review: “Jesse Stuart: An Extraordinary Life”

Reviewed by Ted Olson ~ Most authors would hope to receive after their deaths a similarly high level of sustained interest from their readers as Jesse Stuart continues to receive from his. Stuart’s literary output is impressive, and some of his works are classics of Appalachian literature (for instance, the 1949 autobiographical book The Thread That Runs So True). One organization is primarily responsible for Stuart’s continued readership in [...]

By |February 15, 2024|Categories: Appalachia, Review|

Hidden Heroism: Black Soldiers in America’s Wars

February is Black History Month, and the Jesse Stuart Foundation recognizes the contributions of generations of African Americans with my review of “Hidden Heroism” by Robert Edgerton. This book investigates the history of African-American participation in American wars, from the French and Indian Wars to the present. Edgerton chronicles black heroism in every U.S. conflict since the Revolutionary War, recalling the little-known Buffalo Soldiers and the black cavalry that [...]

By |February 14, 2024|Categories: James M. Gifford|


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