Pre-order "John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero" today!

Today, I am pleased to announce that after weeks of copy editing and revising, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero is in the final stages of publication! I've signed off on the final page proofs, and now it is only a matter of weeks before The History Press will release our latest book to the public.

As you can imagine, I am very excited about this news, so I wanted to find a way to share this information while also providing readers with a way to take advantage of a special pre-publication ordering opportunity. Starting today, readers of The Posterity Project can pre-order author-signed copies of John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, direct from this blog! Here's a sneak peak at the cover design and book description, along with a link to a secure Pay-Pal account for ordering:


JOHN SEVIER: TENNESSEE'S FIRST HERO (The History Press, March 2014 - 224 pp. Paperback. $19.99 plus $5.00 shipping/handling)


A celebrated soldier, admired politician and founding father of the state of Tennessee, John Sevier led an adventurous life. He commanded a frontier militia into battle against British Loyalists at King’s Mountain. He waged a relentless war against the Cherokees in his effort to claim America’s first frontier. He forged the “State of Franklin” from the western lands of North Carolina, and later became Tennessee’s first governor. Following his death, Sevier’s accomplishments faded from public memory, but years later, writers resurrected his image through romanticized accounts of his exploits, relying heavily on folktales and recollections from aging pioneers. Thus, life and legend intertwined. Join authors Gordon T. Belt and Traci Nichols-Belt as they examine John Sevier’s extraordinary life through the lens of history and memory, shedding new light on this remarkable Tennessee figure.




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A word about John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero... This is not a biography in the traditional sense. It is, rather, a look at Sevier's life through the lens of history and memory. I examine Sevier's life and legend by analyzing stories written about his life, as well as the folktales, novels, outdoor dramas, and oral traditions passed down through generations. I also examine the rivalries between Sevier and John Tipton, as well as his political rivalry with Andrew Jackson, which helped shape the course of Tennessee politics for generations. Contemporary scholars also helped to shape my own understanding of this man and his times, so those works are also cited throughout my book. So more accurately, this book is part biography, part historiography, and part folktale.

John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero is scheduled for release on March 25th, so I anticipate shipping to customers who have pre-ordered signed copies of our books directly from my blog shortly thereafter. Look for a permanent link and update on our "BOOKS" page in the coming days.

I am also currently scheduling book signings and lectures in support of the book, so look for updates on that front as well. Please visit the "SPEAKING EVENTS" page on this site for further information about previous events or to inquire about scheduling a book signing.

Thank you for your continued interest and support!


  
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.

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