One quote from the review stood out in my mind and perfectly captured what we tried to convey in John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero as a work of historiographical scholarship:
"...history is anything but a recitation of the documented facts. Nor is it immutable. It always reflects the motives of the people generating it..."
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Gordon Belt is the Director of Public Services for the Tennessee State Library & Archives, and past president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists. On The Posterity Project, Gordon offers reflections on archives, public history, and memory from his home state of Tennessee. His book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, examines the life of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, through the lens of history and memory.