J. Mark Beamis Endorses Jesse James Soul Liberty

ENDORSEMENT by J. MARK BEAMIS…Mark is the son of Joan Beamis who authored the first genealogy of the Jesse James family Background of a Bandit, first published by the Kentucky Historical Society in 1970, and replicated by others since. He and his mother are first cousins of Frank & Jesse James. Mark has just written the following, highly personal endorsement. The files Mark references are his mother’s original research files for her book. The opening chapter of Jesse James Soul Liberty addresses Joan’s first attempts to learn of her own relationship to the outlaws Frank & Jesse James, after her father let the cat out of the bag through a slip of the tongue.

“I first learned of Eric James and his literary endeavors in late 2002, early 2003. My uncle told me about him, as Eric had contacted him while doing research on his book, Jesse James Soul Liberty. He referred him to me as my mother had compiled over many years of research a voluminous amount of material concerning the ‘famous’ outlaw Jesse James and his connection to our family.

“As my mother had passed away several years earlier, I was carting around these boxes with really no clue as to what was in them. To make a long story short, I sent him over 40 lbs. of documents in the Spring of 2003. Thanks to his detailed knowledge of the subject matter, and his expert skills as a writer and researcher, I’ve learned more about my mother’s work and my family than I ever dreamed possible.

“Reading preliminary drafts of his chapters on my mother and her work has moved me to tears, and I have had no qualms about donating all of her research and source material to him for safekeeping. He’s a very interesting and talented man, and I endorse him without reservation.”

J. Mark Beamis, October 9, 2012

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I just learned of the passing of the Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya on June 28, 2020, who appears prominently in my book Jesse James Soul Liberty, Vol. I.
Anaya was not above human prejudice, nor above holding a public lynching of a white person, as he did with Daniel Lewis James of the James family. Dan James was a Hollywood screenwriter and collaborator with Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator. He and Chaplin were blacklisted. When Dan James went underground, he volunteered in the Chicano community in the barrios of Los Angeles as an unpaid social worker. Dan sent Chicanos he met to school at his own expense and he got jobs for their parents in the film industry. From his experiences in the barrios, Dan wrote a novel Famous All Over Town. Since Dan was blacklisted, he wrote under the pen name of Danny Santiago (Dan St. James). His novel won a prestigious national award. When Dan failed to show up to accept the award, the Hispanic literati, of which Anaya was one, held a public inquisition. They lynched Dan for being an Anglo.
Neither Anaya nor any of the Hispanic literati ever apologized to Dan or to the James family for their prejudice or transgressions. Today Dan’s novel is taught in college-level Hispanic studies aside from his films now taught in film schools.
The following excerpt is from pages 253-255 of JJSL.
“Assembled by a ‘kangaroo court of intellectuals’ as one writer called the Hispanic elites who gathered, the inquisition posed the question, “Danny Santiago, Art of Fraud?” Ishmael Reed, himself a non-Hispanic, incited the Before Columbus Foundation of Berkley, California to conduct the inquiry, held at the Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco. Many established Hispanic writers represented the Foundation as peers. The panelists were Gary Soto, Rodolfo Anaya, Thomas Ibarra, Myrta Chaban, and Juan Felipe Herrera. About 120 guests attended. Dan James was branded a fraud. Blacklisted first by Hollywood, Dan James was brown listed now by the Hispanic community he faithfully and quietly had served.”
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I just learned of the passing of the Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya on June 28, 2020, who appears prominently in my book Jesse James Soul Liberty, Vol. I.
Anaya was not above human prejudice, nor above holding a public lynching of a white person, as he did with Daniel Lewis James of the James family. Dan James was a Hollywood screenwriter and collaborator with Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator. He and Chaplin were blacklisted.  When Dan James went underground, he volunteered in the Chicano community in the barrios of Los Angeles as an unpaid social worker. Dan sent Chicanos he met to school at his own expense and he got jobs for their parents in the film industry. From his experiences in the barrios, Dan wrote a novel Famous All Over Town. Since Dan was blacklisted, he wrote under the pen name of Danny Santiago (Dan St. James). His novel won a prestigious national award. When Dan failed to show up to accept the award, the Hispanic literati, of which Anaya was one, held a public inquisition. They lynched Dan for being an Anglo.
Neither Anaya nor any of the Hispanic literati ever apologized to Dan or to the James family for their prejudice or transgressions. Today Dan’s novel is taught in college-level Hispanic studies aside from his films now taught in film schools.
The following excerpt is from pages 253-255 of JJSL.
“Assembled by a ‘kangaroo court of intellectuals’ as one writer called the Hispanic elites who gathered, the inquisition posed the question, “Danny Santiago, Art of Fraud?” Ishmael Reed, himself a non-Hispanic, incited the Before Columbus Foundation of Berkley, California to conduct the inquiry, held at the Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco. Many established Hispanic writers represented the Foundation as peers. The panelists were Gary Soto, Rodolfo Anaya, Thomas Ibarra, Myrta Chaban, and Juan Felipe Herrera. About 120 guests attended. Dan James was branded a fraud. Blacklisted first by Hollywood, Dan James was brown listed now by the Hispanic community he faithfully and quietly had served.”

Looking forward to This Bloody Ground, Vol. II of JJSL . . . John M. James entered the Kentucky District of Virginia in 1784, making his settlement permanent. His residence in Logan County would not occur until after 1807 - after his final term in the Kentucky House of Representatives, after his vigorous defense in the House of Judge Harry Innes and their roles in the Spanish Conspiracy to sell Kentucky to Spain, after his wife Clara Nall abandoned their marriage, and after all his personal disgrace. Logan County, known as Rogues' Harbor, became his new home, where he could start a new family, and begin a new revolution. This time, against banks!TODAY IN LOGAN COUNTY, KY – June 1, 1792

Kentucky became a state, barely escaping an earlier planned name of Transylvania. Col. Richard Henderson from North Carolina and in conjunction with the Transylvania Land Company purchased lands in what is now KY and TN, about twenty million acres. On 23 April 1775, he called for election for delegates to the Transylvania colony. In June of 1776, Virginia invalidated his purchases but gave him the area now known as Henderson and the twelve square miles surrounding the present-day town. Kentucky was then Kentucky County of Virginia and later separated into the counties we know today, Logan being cut off September 1, 1792. The diagram shows the area of the colony he planned. Visit McCracken County, KY library’s website to learn more.
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Looking forward to This Bloody Ground, Vol. II of JJSL . . . John M. James entered the Kentucky District of Virginia in 1784, making his settlement permanent. His residence in Logan County would not occur until after 1807 - after his final term in the Kentucky House of Representatives, after his vigorous defense in the House of Judge Harry Innes and their roles in the Spanish Conspiracy to sell Kentucky to Spain, after his wife Clara Nall abandoned their marriage, and after all his personal disgrace. Logan County, known as Rogues Harbor, became his new home, where he could start a new family, and begin a new revolution. This time, against banks!

It's taken me 5 years to do it. Last night at 2 am, I finally screened the movie Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston. The movie is about the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who was a personal friend of Daniel Lewis James Jr. of our family. Like Trumbo, Dan James also was unjustly blacklisted by the House on Un-American Activities Committee and the Hollywood movie industry. Both Trumbo & James appear in JJSL Vol I in my chapter "All for the Underdog."
The film's storyline was known to me, in fact, intimately known, based on my research about Dan James for my book. But it sure was fun seeing the story on a movie screen. For years, I've thought Dan James' story would make a great movie. I still think it can, despite the appearance of the Trumbo movie.
If you read their story in JJSL or don't want to wait for a movie about Daniel Lewis James, see Trumbo now. Just imagine the title of the movie is James instead.
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Its taken me 5 years to do it. Last night at 2 am, I finally screened the movie Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston. The movie is about the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who was a personal friend of Daniel Lewis James Jr. of our family. Like Trumbo, Dan James also was unjustly blacklisted by the House on Un-American Activities Committee and the Hollywood movie industry. Both Trumbo & James appear in JJSL Vol I in my chapter All for the Underdog.
The films storyline was known to me, in fact, intimately known, based on my research about Dan James for my book. But it sure was fun seeing the story on a movie screen. For years, Ive thought Dan James story would make a great movie. I still think it can, despite the appearance of the Trumbo movie.
If you read their story in JJSL or dont want to wait for a movie about Daniel Lewis James, see Trumbo now. Just imagine the title of the movie is James instead.
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