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The Shellman Story is the story of a Pastor and his Church locked in battle over the racial issue in the early fifties of the twentieth century because the Supreme Court had said black children could go to school with white children in Shellman Georgia, and the Pastor of the Shellman Baptist Church said it was the right thing to do. But the people of that little Church in that little town said they would not allow their Pastor to say such a thing because it was contradictory to their hallowed traditions. The Pastor insisted on preaching this new teaching, so they fired him, after the hanging in effigy did not convince him that he was wrong about what he believed was right. But there was a Remnant of the Church who stood by their Pastor and the Remnant is the true Glory of the Church. Here in The Shellman Story Henry Buchanan has told how it all happened fifty years ago. But because it seemed so strange to the people who heard him and saw it all happen in Shellman Georgia, Buchanan has included some tales from his boyhood which show how the boy who grew up in a racially stratified home and community became the man would challenge the Southern Tradition of his own people, and be hanged in effigy for it, and in the end be fired by the Church he served as God's spokesman in a time of great crisis and turmoil because he believed he was Right.
Short stories; 138 pages. My first published book, And The Goat Cried, a collection of two dozen tales of humor, wit, satire, and tears, made its sequel, The Goat Also Laughed, necessary. In this second collection, I have captured memories of some of the people who have greatly influenced my life. Mama and Papa. My literature professor Welcome Talmadge Smalley. My pastor, John D. Freeman. The Old Man in the Woods. And my brother, the bus driver, as well as Willie, the one who died. I Remember Miss Florrie, in And The Goat Cried, is a memorial to my best-loved schoolteacher. I didn't include Oscar and Ethel in The Goat Also Laughed: I'm saving them for a special place in a book all their own. So here is that Goat again! Laugh with him, but don't be surprised if a tear falls here too.
Joshua Clayton Fennimore, the Boy Preacher with the Plan of Salvation, became the most popular televangelist in America because he was clad in the Whole Armor of God and he fought the Devil and his minions with unmatched zeal. But he also had an unquenchable thirst for carnal knowledge of Emily Sue Slocum, until she became pregnant and they were married. Then there was Marcia Delgado and Emily Sue was killed in a boating accident on Harmony Lake. After that Joshua built the Emily Sue Slocum School for Devil Fighters. He moved an earthquake from the New Madrid Fault to the San Andreas, and he challenged the Devil to the Battle of Armageddon. But the ghost of Emily Sue haunted his dreams, and the School for Devil Fighters opened, but Armageddon came in the courtroom in East Dexter, Alabama, and the Battle was fought over the body of Marcia Delgado. And the money. Yes, the money. With surprising revelations that put East Dexter on the map of Alabama.
Fiction. Jay Cee Brisbane was destined to greatness. And Power. To become the President of the United States. His Mama had the message from God. His brother Willie guided him to his goal. Tex Finnegan was the Baptist preacher who became his Nemesis. Jay Cee's rise to power was meteoric because he married Rebecca, the daughter of Senator Allstone who was chairman of Ways and Means but it was a rough ride because Jay Cee was a Democrat who opposed abortion and he became Commander-in-Chief of the armed services and he welcomed gays in the military. And his nemesis followed him to the very end
I wonder a lot about what God is doing in the world. And why He picks some of the people he picks to do the things He has them do. I even wonder why He picked me to do what He said He wanted me to do. So I asked Him. And He told me. Told me about that Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Told me about Noah and his big boat. About Abraham and Jacob and Joseph down in Egypt - And Moses and that Goat. Told me about Joshua and the Walls of Jericho. Job on the dung heap. Made me feel better about myself. I was hesitant to ask Him about His own Son, Jesus. But He talked to me just as if He thought I might be able to understand. And Peter and Paul. And how a man could be struck blind and have his eyes opened all at the same time. I was still wondering, more than ever. And he took me back again to that Tree of Knowledge and I thought that Tree must be the most wonderful Tree in all Creation. But a greater wonder is that He would talk with me, and give me such a special job to do. I wondered: Why me? Then He said to me. Write it down. And get it right this time. So I wrote it down just the way He told it to me. Now I wonder if I have got it right. And if you who read my tale will get it right because you are one of His People too. I hope.
"Little Chicken Tales" is the story of a small flock of Bantams whose loves and conflicts and social order parallel the family and society of the human race. They fight for the right to mate and reproduce themselves. They brood, protect and teach their young chicks, and when danger and death come, they sound the alarm, and are grief stricken. But they learn from their experiences, and they find ways to cope with the predators who threaten them. They also find their way into the feelings and thoughts of the person who feeds and cares for them. The reader will love and care for them, too, sharing both their happiness and their grief. And their triumph over the threat to their lives.
A Preacher's Tales is a book about preachers who are unusual, sometimes eccentric people. Buchanan is one of them. In fact, a little bit of him is to be found in many, if not most of them. Buchanan is tolerant of all of them, and a few of them he even loves, or likes because they are so much like him. The prime redeeming feature in all of them is humor. Some of the things the preachers do and say are downright funny, but mostly the humor is subtle and only crops up after the reader has read and thought and reflected on what happened and what was told. It's not all humorous. Preaching is a serious business. The Preacher deals with a profound issue. He is holding God's Hand with one hand and a man's hand with the other. What the preacher says and does may determine the course of human events because in some measure it reflects or communicates the mind and the saving grace of God. Behold here the Preacher Man at work and at play.
A Letter to the Editor is a collection of letters written over a period of more than a half century. The first was in May 1954. It was the herald of the racial crisis called the Civil Rights Movement. It got the author hanged in effigy. Many of the letters are about the wars in the Middle East, but others are about the issues that have arisen while war raged, and involved people in unusual circumstances. The letters were written at the time the events were at the top of the news. They are sometimes indignant, bitingly critical, insightful, and even humorous at times, but always honest. The 'Three Hundred Dollars' letter got the most attention. The 'Jill Carroll' letters reveal the deepest tragedy of our wars. Letters to and from Presidents reveal the author's concern for the nation and the Presidents growing interest, in his correspondent. 'The Only Good Woman in Texas' stirred a hornet's nest among the female readers. Overall, A Letter to the Editor is a history of this nation at war, and broke, and torn, and trying to heal itself, but not yet succeeding.
No other story in Greek mythology has received the attention given to Sophocles' Oedipus. Now in Oedipus Revisited Henry Buchanan has created the modern myth in the Memorial Baptist Hospital in fictional Ocmulgee Georgia where Jewish doctor Claude Rousseault marries Jessica the beautiful daughter of an eminent Baptist minister, and their son Barrie is fated to embody the ancient tragedy. There are some lighter moments they are like sunbeams shining through dark clouds when Chaplain Steve McAlistair grapples with the idiosyncrasies and anxieties of the hospital staff and patients, jousts with the local clergy, and baffles his ever-present secretary Miss Robinson, and is sustained by his ever-faithful wife Nancy. The chaplain himself is baffled by his God who refuses to give him the answers he seeks as he and Doctor Rousseault wrestle with the evil design, powerless to avert the disaster of an Oracle of Apollo.
In the old myth Leander loved the goddess Hero and he tried to swim the Hellespont to reach her. But the goddess dwelt on the top of Olympus, the mountain of the gods, and the waters of the Hellespont were rough, and Leander drowned. In this modern myth Leander is a young man who aspired to greatness, for he would capture the essence of Apollo the god of Light and Truth. But our modern Leander is caught in the choppy waters of an unhappy marriage to the fanatical Heloise and the tragic love affair with the beautiful Marian. It seems that he will perish altogether in the violent waters. The Reverend Doctor Townsend is the father of Heloise. He does not tolerate either divorce or infidelity. Marian's father is even more intolerant of Leander's behavior. With such fatherly disapproval, Leander, whose own father died early, is in trouble. No good can come of this entanglement, even though Professor Embers believes that Leander has great promise as an epic poet. That promise, never realized, is all that supports Leander struggling in the waves he himself has made. Only Heloise, in her fanatical zeal, dares to hope.
The book, Alfie and Papa's Other Boys, is the fourth in a series which began with 'Alfie's Story, Little Boy Growing Up.' After that the exciting story of 'Alfie and the Moonshiners.' Next came 'And the Rest of Alfie's Story.' I really thought that was the rest of the story. It wasn't. Now we have these tales, beginning with Papa's Missing Toe, and ending with 'Tis a Mark of Distinction. There is not a dull moment in between these two fascinating pictures of Papa's role in the lives of his four boys. Willie is the oldest, the "ring leader" in all their mischief, and the embodiment of primogeniture because Margaret died. There is Cliff. Gran'ma characterized him when she said "Give that boy a wheel and he will roll it off the edge of the world." And Junior is Alfie's nemesis; he is just enough bigger than Alfie to taunt him, and not bigger enough to control him. Lastly, there is Alfie, the Baby, impulsive, irrepressible and curious beyond belief. But always the Baby until the arrival of Jody, ten years late for this book of Alfie tales.
Alfie's Story is autobiographical fiction. Or it is a fictional autobiography. Anyway, I am, or was, a little boy. And I was blessed, or cursed, with photographic memory. I remember everything that happened to me until I was old enough to want to forget some of the things that happened to me. So I developed the talent for remembering things the way I wanted them to be. I also became adept at adding what I thought was missing from a good story. The line between fact and fiction got erased in the interest of--well, interest. The way I remember it now is better than the way it was then. And I was eager to grow up and tell my story--Alfie's story. Here it is. Starting when I, that is, Alfie, was about four years old, and Papa knew everything and was able to do everything, a condition of life which, in fact, declined with age--mine--but which in fiction is not so bad or noticeable. Now, looking back over more than seven decades of remembering, I think I, that is, Alfie, may still want to be as tall and as strong as Papa was.
The Moonshiners is an Easterday tale of high adventure, of dire threat to the lives of two little boys, Alfie and Junior, lost in the vast Burl Green Woods, and the dramatic rescue which reunites them with their anxious family. It is a story full of both villains and heroes. The moonshiners are the villains; Papa and Mister Charles and Willie are heroes. Sandy, the mostly collie dog, is the greatest hero of them all. Mama and Cliff and Miss Maggie are heroic too, for they wait at home, hanging between hope and despair. And Gran'ma who prays for her babies. And the Sheriff. Surely there has never been another like him, and yet he is the classic prototype of THE LAW. Some of these characters are real people from the author's childhood. There is no need to shield them from their rightful place in the sun by using fictional names for them. Others are fictional characters created for the purpose of making the tale more interesting. Even they are treated as well as they deserve.
After the Easterday Adventure with The Moonshiners, Alfie was a big boy growing toward manhood. He had eaten the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and he had become responsible for his own actions. But with Ace as his Demon, and Junior as his ever-present Gadfly, Alfie found himself in frequent trouble. Mama was his Guiding Angel, though, and Papa was the Instrument of Punishment. Uncle Seeb was the Shining Ebony Light to illuminate his path. And LOVE for he discovered girls, and he yearned to be a Hero. His world was changing too, because Jody was now the Baby, and Willie and Cliff and Junior all went away to the War in Europe. He became the Man of the House when Papa was killed and he held in his hand Papa's Watch, the Arbiter of Time and the Measuring Rod of Life.
Oscar & Ethel is a tale made up of many tales of a lovable and zany couple who clash over Ethel's garden boundaries and suffer the heartbreak of a reading public that ignores Oscar's Southern Tales on the far flung book signing circuit. They return home together to the struggle between the blue birds and the sparrows for control of the nesting area in that contested garden. And to the tragedy of baby wrens swallowed by a snake that invades the wrens' house. And to the joy of a grandson born far to the North and requiring Oscar's presence for the christening. Then he must go South to the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds where his Papa uncovered the story of the People who lived there long ago. And after that to Florida where his brother waits for him. But Ethel hovers always as the stern guardian angel over Oscar, until she herself is brushed by angels' wings. But Ethel has her seat belt fastened, and that damn' computer still reigns, a tyrant in the house of Oscar & Ethel.
This is the tale of a little yellow kitten who came to live with Oscar and Ethel by way of the big oak tree in the front yard. Then, within a few short weeks - after his rescue from the tree limb - he came to dominate the life in their house, even changing things for Taffy, their miniature Alaskan Spitz who had rule the roost there for more than ten years. But this little book is not ALL about cats and dogs. There are people here too, with their quirks of character and their strange goings on in the world of politics, religion and . . . and . . . and Sex? Well, not much of that. But there are preachers who are some of God's choicest creatures. Oscar and Ethel are back too, that lovable old pair who are always walking the razor's edge. And even a preaching parrot who came to the author by way of one of those preachers you just heard about. Daring to walk boldly where angels fear to tread, the author has even told how he brought up his own boy from before he was born to his fortieth birthday.
Nine Eleven was a dastardly attack on America. Or was it payback and a warning to the Super Power? Anyway, America responded to stamp out the evil forces in the world, and became ¦ enmeshed in the Civil War the efforts for Freedom and Democracy created. Henry Buchanan has created the Debate, bringing over the main characters from his Devil & Tom Walker, with the Professor,- the Deacon and Abner Pea opposing, and Otis, Missus Bulwinkle and the Baptist Preacher advocating the American foreign policy. The main character, Tom Walker Junior, is even more deadly than his father. The three old curmudgeons, the Professor as main spokesman, believe the President has lied about the reason for going to war, and has misled the American people into a hopeless quagmire Their opponents believe the President is doing the right thing; they consign all enemies to the flames of hell. The book is a daily account of the buildup to war, the terrible engagement, and the heart rending aftermath of the war. It is an incisive examination of the moral, religious, and political issues of the War, the character of America''s leaders, and the future of the nation, the world''s Super Power starting out to be the Knight in Shining Armor, and ending up the vulnerable Goliath, struck down by a stone from David''s sling. The Professor''s moral insights, strengthened by the Deacon''s commonsense religion and barnyard philosophy expressed with humor and lethal wit, match the "nuke ''em" policy of Otis, and the "send them all to hell" relgiosity of Missus Bulwinkle- Atone; Pea, World War T
The Devil and Tom Walker is a vastly different version of the Persian Gulf War. It is told here as the mythic encounter between good and evil. But who is the Devil?? Who is the Hero clad in white?? And why did we fight this war? Was it to liberate a small, defenseless nation being raped by a larger, more aggressive invader? OR WAS IT FOR OIL? Buchanan puts the Persian Gulf war in theological perspective because the issue is good and evil. But both good and evil are difficult, perhaps even impossible to discern and to separate in human events. And the outcome of war is sometimes very surprising.
Fiction; 228 pages. A lovely princess travels incognito through the States and falls in love with an American man. There are ties that bind her to someone in her own home, and the great plot revolves round her efforts to work her way out. Free ebook also available through Project Gutenberg.
The compelling story of how one man took a 150-year-old family recipe and disrupted the entire liquor industry one sip, one bottle, one handshake at a time. Tom Bulleit stood on a stage before a thousand people inside a tent the size of a big-top. It was both his thirtieth wedding anniversary and his birthday. But there was another thing to celebrate: the dedication of the new Bulleit Distillery in Shelbyville, Kentucky. His great-great-grandfather, Augustus, created his first batch of Bulleit Bourbon around 1830. A century and a half later, Tom fulfilled his lifelong dream, revived the old family bourbon recipe, and started Bulleit Distilling Company. Eventually, Tom was named a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and elected to the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Thinking back on all his achievements, Tom was overcome by a wave of emotion. He looked into the sea of faces and said, "I don't believe our lives are told in years. . . or months. . . or weeks. I believe we live our lives in moments." Tom's book Bulleit Proof is just that--a life told in moments. Moments of joy, triumph, hardship, persistence, and success. His is a story of survival: in war, in business, in life. Tom faced death twice: in a foxhole and in a cancer ward. In Bulleit Proof, Tom reveals all, pulls no punches, and lets you into his heart.
Catfish Bend series, book 5. The further adventures of the residents of Catfish Bend. Doc Raccoon can't believe it when the frogs convince half the town to move to California. And once the travelers get there, why are they disappearing?
Ficton; short stories. Contents: King Solomon of Kentucky / James Lane Allen -- An Experience on the Dress Line / Lucky Furman -- Courtin' on Cutshin / John Fox Jr. -- Hoodooed / Alice Hegan Rice -- Snake Doctor / Irvin S. Cobb -- Children of Noah / Ben Lucien Burman -- The Sacrifice of the Maidens / Elizabeth Madox Roberts -- Old Red / Caroline Gordon -- The Immortal Woman / Allen Tate -- Room in the World / Leane Zugsmith -- Dawn of Remembered Spring / Jesse Stuart -- Mrs. Razor / James Still -- Blackberry Winter / Robert Penn Warren -- Evenings at Home / Elizabeth Hardwick -- Ebbie / A.B. Guthrie Jr.
Biography; 126 pages. Includes tributes by James V. Swift, Martha A. Samuel, Elinor P. Griest, Ruth C. Biemiller, Michelle Cousins, Florence & Milton S. Teicher, Paul F. Stahls, Jr., George & Olga Wieser.
Never has anything comparable to this massive volume been published on the Western Theatre in America's War Between the States. Bush takes the reader through every major battle in the West complete with an order of battle listing all units involved for each confrontation. Richly illustrated with nearly 700 photographs maps, charts and drawings to embellish each detailed account. You'll see extraordinary full color features of some of the most outstanding artifact collections in the world, all of Western Theatre battles and men who fought them.
When the Civil War broke out, thousands of Kentuckians struggled to maintain the state's neutrality in deciding which side to support. Although Kentucky was a slaveholding state, most of the population did not wish to secede from the Union. More than 140,000 Kentucky solders fought on both sides, in the Eastern and Western Theaters. Some of those who emerged from these battlegrounds are among the state's favorite local heroes. Join historian and author Bryan S. Bush as he recounts the journeys of these brave men who fought to build and maintain the legacy of the Bluegrass State.
The ghosts of Civil War soldiers still inhabit the battlefields of America's Southern States. Shots ring out, ghostly warriors march, and phantom figures, tents, and cannons appear. Read firsthand accounts by re-enactors who are joined by spirits of Confederate and Union soldiers. These ghosts call them to the line and entreat us to "never again let this happen." Haunted battlefields at Perryville, Sacramento, Stones River, Shiloh, Franklin, and Andersonville Prison carry chilling stories. Read about battle fog near Benton-White Road that hid spirit soldiers clacking and rattling their canteens. Breakfast with a lost Rebel drummer in Perryville, Kentucky, who joins re-enactors by the campfire. Feel sickness when you visit the Bloody Pond in Shiloh, where soldiers still take their last drink. Explore these battlefields to find invisible rifle volleys, a disappearing cemetery, and soldiers who await you. AUTHOR: Bryan Bush is a veteran re-enactor and Civil War historian who has written numerous books on Civil War history. Thomas Freese is a storyteller and ghost book author.
The book is a dual biography of Joshua and James Speed and tells the story of how closely the friendship between Joshua Speed and Abraham Lincoln continued to affect not only Joshua Speed's life, but also the life of his brother James Speed. Both Joshua and James were dedicated to the Union, even though they followed different paths. James was a Unionist, emancipationist, abolitionist, and Radical Republican. He entered politics, becoming a state representative and Attorney-General under Abraham Lincoln and later Andrew Johnson. Joshua Speed lived his life as a businessman. He differed from his brother and Lincoln on the subject of emancipation, but felt that the issue should not hinder his support of the Union. In April of 1861 after the attack on Fort Sumter, the citizens of Kentucky debated the issue of whether to join the Union or Confederacy. Because of Joshua and James Speed's loyalty to the Union, Lincoln depended on the brothers to help secure Kentucky for the Union. With their help, Lincoln managed to transport thousands of weapons into Kentucky for distribution among the loyal Union Home Guard. During the war Lincoln needed trustworthy friends to help him deal with the delicate situation in Kentucky. James and Joshua Speed kept him informed on both the political and the civilian affairs. After Lincoln's death, James and Joshua helped to preserve his legacy in their individual ways. James became a Radical Republican and fought to gain equality under the law for blacks, even though most of Kentucky did not want to follow the Radial Republican stance on reconstruction. Joshua helped to maintain Lincoln's legacy by contributing to Lincoln's memorial and speaking and writing about him. With the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, the story of Joshua and James Speed can give the reader another window into his friendships. The story of Joshua and James Speed can also reveal information about Kentucky politics during the Civil War; the struggle between Union loyalists and Confederate sympathizers, and the struggle for emancipation, abolition, and those who opposed equal rights for blacks in Kentucky.
Throughout much of the 1880s, the Southern Exposition showcased the largest-ever single display of agricultural machinery and technical innovation in the United States. With over 1,500 commercial and mercantile attractions--the likes of which the world had never seen--history was made and innovation discovered in Louisville's Central Park. Some of the most influential figures of the time participated, including Henry Watterson, Merriwether Lewis Clark Jr., A. Bidermann DuPont and President Chester A. Arthur. Former Louisville resident Thomas Edison personally oversaw the installation of his newly invented incandescent light bulb that lit a record-breaking 4,600 lamps. Author and Louisville historian Bryan S. Bush offers an unprecedented perspective on this fascinating historic event.
Learn how a thriving antebellum city became a crucial outpost for the Union army while its citizens were besieged with constant fear of guerilla warfare and swift Rebel vengeance. Trace the steps of soldiers, commanders and civic leaders on the enclosed map, which includes over thirty Union forts that once peppered Louisville's landscape, as well as long-forgotten hideaways and hotbeds of insurgence. Explore Union casinos and brothels along Jefferson and Fourth Street; the infamous Louisville Military Prison; Jefferson General Hospital, the third largest during the war; and the original Galt House, site of Union General Bull Nelson's assassination. Join renowned Civil War expert and Louisville native Bryan S. Bush as he traverses Louisville, a city bristling with Civil War history.
From 1870 to 1900, Louisville became a larger part of the American Industrial Revolution. The expansion of railroads was a key factor to becoming a center for industry, trade and commerce. Paul Jones Jr. helped the city become a world leader in bourbon production, and Louisville was the largest tobacco manufacturer due to successful brokers like Andrew Graham. John Leather's jean cloth facility was among the most productive in the world. The largest box factory also resided in the city, and Louisville became the banking capital of the South. Author Bryan S. Bush details those behind the massive industry in the City of Progress.
The Daniel Griffin collection is one of the most outstanding collections of letters chronicling the major events of the Civil War. The letters were written between September 1861 to February 1865, and addressed to his wife Mary "Mollie" Compton. In vivid detail, Daniel gives his description of camp life and major battles, including battles of Perryville, Atlanta, and others. The letters accurately describe people, events, and emotions of the period. The horror of battle, the pain of being separated from loved ones, the humor of camp life, valor, courage, and patriotism.