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BELLE STARR appears in JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY

Here are some people you’ll meet when you read Chapter Four of JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY by Eric James. Chapter Four is about John James of Alvarado, Texas…

The top row is Myra Belle Shirley, more famously known as Belle Starr. While John James of Alvarado was teaching his school on the Texas prairie in July of 1872, John was visited by Belle Starr. John recounted the visit in his diary.

The bottom row is pictures of Emily Wren “Emma” Shirley. In 1896, John’s son, Enoch Elbert “Elo” James (pictured below), married Emma Shirley.

Enoch Elbert James 1876-1915

John was visited by Belle Starr shortly after the Comanche Indians slaughtered John’s neighbor Nicholas Henry Dawson. Nick Dawson had migrated to Texas from Woodford County in Kentucky where the Dawson family lived near the Black Horse Inn operated by the Cole family of Frank & Jesse James’ mother, Zerelda Cole.

Nicholas Henry “Nick” Dawson 1828-1870
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JESSE & FRANK JAMES GET A NEW 3RD COUSIN, 5 TIMES REMOVED. I dedicated Jesse James Soul Liberty to my uncle Richard Donald "Dick" James. This morning, Mar 2, 2021, shortly after 7 am, a great-grandson was born to Uncle Dick. Liam Robert Struckmeyer was born to Dick's son Matt & Taylor Lynn Goulbourn Struckmeyer. And I get a new 1st cousin. ... See MoreSee Less

JESSE & FRANK JAMES GET A NEW 3RD COUSIN, 5 TIMES REMOVED. I dedicated Jesse James Soul Liberty to my uncle Richard Donald Dick James. This morning, Mar 2, 2021, shortly after 7 am, a great-grandson was born to Uncle Dick. Liam Robert Struckmeyer was born to Dicks son Matt & Taylor Lynn Goulbourn Struckmeyer. And I get a new 1st cousin.Image attachment

Theater advertisements for plays appeared like this in newspapers. This ad for Bloomer Girl appeared in August of 1845. Bloomer Girl was the product of Daniel Lewis James Jr. and principally his wife Lilith Stanward. The following excerpt about them appears in JJSL:

Written against the backdrop of World War II, when blacks were moving out of the South into an industrial workforce, and women also were moving out of the home into the workplace, Bloomer Girl is set in the pre-Civil War era, interweaving themes of black and female equality, war and peace, and politics. The play’s principal character, Dolly, is based upon the inventor of the bloomer, Amelia Bloomer, a contemporary of an acquaintance of Vassie James and Susan B. Anthony. As a fighter in the suffragette movement for women’s rights, Bloomer advocated, “Get rid of those heavy hoop skirts; wear bloomers like men; let’s get pants; let’s be their equal.” In the play, Dolly politicks for gender equality, as her rebellious niece Evelina politicks her suitor, a Southern slaveholding aristocrat, for racial equality. As the play’s librettist, Yip Harburg, stated,
Bloomer Girl was about “the indivisibility of human freedom.”

Bloomer Girl opened on Broadway on October 5, 1944. Dan (Daniel Lewis James) insisted Lilith’s (Dan’s wife) name come first in the show’s credits. The play was an instant hit, lasting 654 performances. Dan remained modest about the show’s success, considering his contribution a failure. “...I seem not to have given full credit to my collaborators on the 1944 musical comedy Bloomer Girl...The facts, in brief, are as follows: the originator of the story idea from which the musical grew was my wife, Lilith James, who charmingly chose the perversities of Fashion to dramatize the early struggles of the Women's Rights movement. She also developed the principal characters. I joined her in writing a first draft of the libretto. It failed to satisfy our lyricist, E. Y. Harburg, and Harold Arlen, the composer. It also failed to satisfy us. An impasse developed at which point all agreed to call in the team of Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy who were experienced writers in the field of musical comedy. They reworked the material to the satisfaction of everyone but Lilith and myself, who had hoped to invade Gilbert & Sullivan territory, with what we thought was a light-hearted paradoxical look at history. What I took for a personal artistic failure for which I blamed, first of all, myself, went on to become a lavish entertainment which played on Broadway for eighteen months and has since often been revived in summer theater. If I was not delighted, audiences certainly were and full credit for this should be given to Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy (now deceased) without whom the production would never have taken place...”
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Theater advertisements for plays appeared like this in newspapers. This ad for Bloomer Girl appeared in August of 1845. Bloomer Girl was the product of Daniel Lewis James Jr. and principally his wife Lilith Stanward.  The following excerpt about them appears in JJSL:Written against the backdrop of World War II, when blacks were moving out of the South into an industrial workforce, and women also were moving out of the home into the workplace, Bloomer Girl is set in the pre-Civil War era, interweaving themes of black and female equality, war and peace, and politics. The play’s principal character, Dolly, is based upon the inventor of the bloomer, Amelia Bloomer, a contemporary of an acquaintance of Vassie James and Susan B. Anthony. As a fighter in the suffragette movement for women’s rights, Bloomer advocated, “Get rid of those heavy hoop skirts; wear bloomers like men; let’s get pants; let’s be their equal.” In the play, Dolly politicks for gender equality, as her rebellious niece Evelina politicks her suitor, a Southern slaveholding aristocrat, for racial equality. As the play’s librettist, Yip Harburg, stated,
Bloomer Girl was about “the indivisibility of human freedom.”Bloomer Girl opened on Broadway on October 5, 1944. Dan (Daniel Lewis James) insisted Lilith’s (Dan’s wife) name come first in the show’s credits. The play was an instant hit, lasting 654 performances. Dan remained modest about the show’s success, considering his contribution a failure. “...I seem not to have given full credit to my collaborators on the 1944 musical comedy Bloomer Girl...The facts, in brief, are as follows: the originator of the story idea from which the musical grew was my wife, Lilith James, who charmingly chose the perversities of Fashion to dramatize the early struggles of the Womens Rights movement. She also developed the principal characters. I joined her in writing a first draft of the libretto. It failed to satisfy our lyricist, E. Y. Harburg, and Harold Arlen, the composer. It also failed to satisfy us. An impasse developed at which point all agreed to call in the team of Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy who were experienced writers in the field of musical comedy. They reworked the material to the satisfaction of everyone but Lilith and myself, who had hoped to invade Gilbert & Sullivan territory, with what we thought was a light-hearted paradoxical look at history. What I took for a personal artistic failure for which I blamed, first of all, myself, went on to become a lavish entertainment which played on Broadway for eighteen months and has since often been revived in summer theater. If I was not delighted, audiences certainly were and full credit for this should be given to Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy (now deceased) without whom the production would never have taken place...”

Moulton J. Green has died at the age of 93 from Covid19. Moult is the husband of Jean McGreevy, the second great-granddaughter of Thomas Martin "T.M." James. Jean appears on pages 221-222 of JJSL. Read Moult's obituary here: legacy.com/us/obituaries/kansascity/name/moulton-green-obituary?n=moulton-green&pid=197474427 ... See MoreSee Less

Moulton J. Green has died at the age of 93 from Covid19. Moult is the husband of Jean McGreevy, the second great-granddaughter of Thomas Martin T.M. James. Jean appears on pages 221-222 of JJSL. Read Moults obituary here: legacy.com/us/obituaries/kansascity/name/moulton-green-obituary?n=moulton-green&pid=197474427

EXCERPT from Jesse James Soul Liberty, Volume I, “All for the Underdog”. . .

Daniel Lewis James Sr. was educated as a “business aesthete, who painted.” He preferred being addressed simply as “D.L.” Thelma Duncan Barr, the wife of Jesse James grandson Laurence Barr, wrote that she met D.L. once, but didn’t like him. He appeared “too aloof” for her country taste. Even inside his own family, D.L. was regarded somewhat as a snob. But D.L. James was not without dash. He was a Kansas City tennis champion. He took on Bill Tilden, the world’s number one tennis player for seven years. D.L. could do a no-hands flip, and he often dressed in white tie and tails.

D.L.’s granddaughter, Barbara James, recalled him from her childhood. “D.L. and [his wife] Lillie visited us in Hollywood, staying at the Garden of Allah which was diagonally across Havenhurst St. from our house. I was playing on the steps of the hotel’s famous kidney-shaped pool. For some reason, I decided to walk to the bottom of the steps, which was over my head, and proceeded to drown. D.L. was coming out of their room to go to dinner as I disappeared. Without hesitation, he jumped into the deep end of the pool, struggled to the shallow end, and pulled me out. He was in full white tie and tails, and he couldn’t swim.”
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EXCERPT from Jesse James Soul Liberty, Volume I, “All for the Underdog”. . .Daniel Lewis James Sr. was educated as a “business aesthete, who painted.” He preferred being addressed simply as “D.L.” Thelma Duncan Barr, the wife of Jesse James grandson Laurence Barr, wrote that she met D.L. once, but didn’t like him. He appeared “too aloof” for her country taste. Even inside his own family, D.L. was regarded somewhat as a snob. But D.L. James was not without dash. He was a Kansas City tennis champion. He took on Bill Tilden, the world’s number one tennis player for seven years. D.L. could do a no-hands flip, and he often dressed in white tie and tails.D.L.’s granddaughter, Barbara James, recalled him from her childhood. “D.L. and [his wife] Lillie visited us in Hollywood, staying at the Garden of Allah which was diagonally across Havenhurst St. from our house. I was playing on the steps of the hotel’s famous kidney-shaped pool. For some reason, I decided to walk to the bottom of the steps, which was over my head, and proceeded to drown. D.L. was coming out of their room to go to dinner as I disappeared. Without hesitation, he jumped into the deep end of the pool, struggled to the shallow end, and pulled me out. He was in full white tie and tails, and he couldn’t swim.”

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