|The History Press|
In my book, I want to answer critical questions about how this pioneer, soldier, and statesman became “Tennessee’s First Hero.” This moniker was bestowed upon John Sevier over eighty years ago by Dr. Carl S. Driver, whose book, John Sevier: Pioneer of the Old Southwest, remains the last book-length, scholarly attempt to examine John Sevier’s life in full detail. The title of my book is a tribute to Dr. Driver's work, and an apt description of the story that I plan to tell.
John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero will touch on themes expressed on this blog, exploring John Sevier's life through the lens of history and memory -- separating fact from myth by examining the efforts of early Tennessee historians, antiquarians, novelists, genealogists, and amateur writers to chronicle John Sevier’s life and exploits.
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 blogs about archives, local history, genealogy, and social media advocacy for archives and cultural heritage organizations. His forthcoming book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, examines the life of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, through the lens of history and memory.