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A PREVIEW of Jesse James Soul Liberty, Volume II

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An interview today prompted the question, “What are you working on now?” Here’s your preview…

Baptist preacher in the colonial era

I’m finishing writing Volume II of my Jesse James Soul Liberty quintet; this volume subtitled “This Bloody Ground.”

This biographical history focuses on the grandfather of Frank & Jesse James, John M. James, a patriot of the Revolutionary War who falls in with the rabid Baptist preachers, violently persecuted by the Anglican establishment. This band of rebel, sharpshooting preachers barter their participation as minutemen of the Revolution for the promise of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. They fight pivotal battles that win the Revolution.

As adoption of independence and religious liberty is lagging, the rebel preachers exit the Old Dominion with their Traveling Church for New Canaan, the violent and uninhabited western frontier of the Cain-tuc. There, John M. James and his fellow Baptist ministers construct the socio-political, religious communities and structures that separate the independent Commonwealth of Kentucky from the Old Dominion. They win the War of 1812 to secure their own establishment, and for the future of a new frontier pastorate. Then, they migrate once more, this time into the West and Far West to ground the political environment of American religious conservatism, still so much in evidence today.

Doing so, John M. James further imprints a legacy upon his family’s progeny with the socio-political interests that not only made iconic outlaws of the James brothers, but also formed the modern American character and identity of the James family, so amply depicted in Volume I, “Behind the Family Wall of Stigma & Silence.”

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EXCITING NEWS FROM PARIS, FRANCE . . . We've recently learned that the archives of Charlie Chaplin in Paris have an abundance of material related to our blacklisted, American screenwriter Daniel Lewis James Jr. Dan James story of his relationship with Chaplin is told in the chapter "All For the Underdog" in Jesse James Soul Liberty, Vol. I, Behind the Family Wall of Stigma & Silence.

Nellie Willard Werger pictured below, a granddaughter of Lillith Stanward, Dan's wife, made a substantial contribution of artifacts to the Chaplin archive.

Photos of Dan James with his Leica camera slung around his neck, when he worked on the movie set of The Great Dictator, now compliment the daily notes that Dan wrote during production. Photos Dan took while filming and also off the set also appear in the archive.

One of the images of Dan James that has captivated our attention is a photo of him shirtless, as he worked with Chaplin in a scene where Chaplin is in a mud hole. Dan's shirtless image perfectly displays the broad shoulders and body trunk that is genetic among our James men. This is a physical feature very commonly overlooked by those who seek to authenticate images claimed to be Jesse James.

More regarding this archive of new photos and documents will be appearing soon on our website Stray Leaves.
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EXCITING NEWS FROM PARIS, FRANCE . . . Weve recently learned that the archives of Charlie Chaplin in Paris have an abundance of material related to our blacklisted, American screenwriter Daniel Lewis James Jr. Dan James story of his relationship with Chaplin is told in the chapter All For the Underdog in Jesse James Soul Liberty, Vol. I, Behind the Family Wall of Stigma & Silence.

Nellie Willard Werger pictured below, a granddaughter of Lillith Stanward, Dans wife, made a substantial contribution of artifacts to the Chaplin archive. 

Photos of Dan James with his Leica camera slung around his neck, when he worked on the movie set of The Great Dictator, now compliment the daily notes that Dan wrote during production.  Photos Dan took while filming and also off the set also appear in the archive.

One of the images of Dan James that has captivated our attention is a photo of him shirtless, as he worked with Chaplin in a scene where Chaplin is in a mud hole. Dans shirtless image perfectly displays the broad shoulders and body trunk that is genetic among our James men. This is a physical feature very commonly overlooked by those who seek to authenticate images claimed to be Jesse James. 

More regarding this archive of new photos and documents will be appearing soon on our website Stray Leaves.Image attachmentImage attachment

I'm considering including this image of the actress Sarah Bernhardt in Vol. V of JJSL, a biography of Drury Woodson James. On the morning of April 18, 1906, eighty-two-year-old Drury awakened at his Lenox Hotel to the great San Francisco earthquake. His wife, Mary Louisa Dunn, twenty years Drury's junior, was torn between administering the hotel and its guests and her Catholic Church about to serve the dispossessed. Drury's son-in-law Edward Frederick Burns watched his Turkish Baths at 11 Grant St. burn to the ground. Suddenly Sarah Bernhardt appeared among the ruins. That night she performed Phedre in Berkeley. ... See MoreSee Less

Im considering including this image of the actress Sarah Bernhardt in Vol. V of JJSL, a biography of Drury Woodson James. On the morning of April 18, 1906, eighty-two-year-old Drury awakened at his Lenox Hotel to the great San Francisco earthquake. His wife, Mary Louisa Dunn, twenty years Drurys junior, was torn between administering the hotel and its guests and her Catholic Church about to serve the dispossessed. Drurys son-in-law Edward Frederick Burns watched his Turkish Baths at 11 Grant St. burn to the ground. Suddenly Sarah Bernhardt appeared among the ruins. That night she performed Phedre in Berkeley.

Yip Harburg appears on page 241 of Jesse James Soul Liberty Vol. I. He was the lyricist with Harold Arlen as the composer for the play Bloomer Girl, written by Daniel Lewis James Jr., originating from the idea of Dan's wife Lilith Stanward. They chose the perversities of fashion to dramatize the early struggles of the Women's Rights Movement. Like Dan James, Harburg, too, was blacklisted by Hollywood.April 8, 1896: The great American popular song lyricist Yip Harburg was born on this date in 1896! Yipper worked with many well-known composers. He wrote the lyrics to the standards "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," "April in Paris," and "It's Only a Paper Moon," as well as all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including "Over the Rainbow." He was known for the social commentary of his lyrics, as well as his liberal sensibilities. He also championed racial and gender equality and union politics. ... See MoreSee Less

Yip Harburg appears on page 241 of Jesse James Soul Liberty Vol. I. He was the lyricist with Harold Arlen as the composer for the play Bloomer Girl, written by Daniel Lewis James Jr., originating from the idea of Dans wife Lilith Stanward. They chose the perversities of fashion to dramatize the early struggles of the Womens Rights Movement. Like Dan James, Harburg, too, was blacklisted by Hollywood.

When John Hunt Morgan surrendered in the Civil War, some of our James family serving under him surrendered with him. David Hunt James and his brother Richard Skinner James, of Woodford County, Ky., were captured and sent as POWs to Camp Douglas in Chicago. Richard died of his injuries while incarcerated. David Hunt James was sent to Richmond, Va. at war's end and paroled. He walked home to Woodford County, where he returned to his family's farm, continued to farm hemp and tobacco, and founded the Second National Bank of Lexington. Also captured with the James brothers was John Smith May, a nephew of Rhoda May and Rev. Joseph Martin James of Pulaski County, Ky.
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Several of my family served under Gen.Morgan and were captured then sent to camp Douglas..Thank you for your post.

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