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Eric JamesBy Eric James
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Eric JamesBy Eric James
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PROJECT BACKSTORY

Back in 1999, Jesse James' great grandson, Judge James R. Ross, sentenced me to ten years of hard labor. He said, “Why don't you write a book about the James family? Everyone writes about Frank & Jesse. No one ever writes about our family.”

The problem was, except for a tightly knit circle, few within the Jesse James family knew who their family was. Worse yet, except for Frank & Jesse, the James family knew very little of its own history.

Innovation was required to find the history no one knew or had written before. First, the skeletal genealogy of the James family had to be updated & expanded. The core study was the James family itself, followed by their numerous in-law families. A third level of study addressed the families related to the James' in-laws. This unique tri-level approach revealed for the first time the context of the James family within their historical social communities. From there, historical research dropped into a wellspring of abundant revelations, flooding over with a decade of new research & findings. From court house basements to libraries, to family attics, I traveled countless miles across America, meeting & interviewing family members, collecting their stories, photos, artifacts, & DNA.

The expanded genealogy was promptly posted to the James family's official web site STRAY LEAVES. Readers of SOUL LIBERTY will be provided a much larger database, to access the in-depth matrix of relationships among the book's characters, that so influenced their actions & events and defined their unity, purpose, & identity. On the James family's official blog LEAVES of GAS, extra stories not included in the book & current events will continually refresh the experience of SOUL LIBERTY's readers. 

Writing the book JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY progressed over four years. From its epic panorama of personalities & events emerged the history that now defines the personality, character, & soul of the James family & its outlaws. Exactly that which has eluded definition by traditional historians for over a century.

Surprisingly, one book grew into two. Then three. And now, four. The plan is to publish one book per year over four years, starting with Volume I, right now.

WHAT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT?

JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY is a big book. Almost 500 pages. Non-fiction history like this has its technical challenges. Editing must be spot on, executed by only the very best of editors, with a meticulous eye for faultless detail. Source citations must be accurate. SOUL LIBERTY has over 1000 citations. Indexing must be easy and beneficial, for both today's casual reader & the professional researcher of tomorrow. This book is intended to be an indispensable resource with a long shelf life. The book must be prepared for multiple platforms – hardcover, softcover, e-book, & even some trans media, with all the proper legal protections, copyright, & bar codes flawlessly in place. Finally, from the jacket design to the typography, the book must look its very best. All this is waiting for your support.

The best designers, editor, indexer, typographer, & book press are waiting on you. They're ready to go. With your support, JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY will be published in time for Christmas giving, or as a debut book of the new year.

YOU'RE INVITED...

to join me in becomng part of Jesse James' history. Your pledge is much valued & appreciated. Give JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY your kickstart now.  

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APPETIZERS

First, a video dramatization taken from a chapter in the book about Jesse's grandfather, John M. James. He was a rebel preacher, forced to leave Colonial Virginia. The presentation was made recently for the Kentucky Humanities Council.

Here's another video of the draft book trailer for SOUL LIBERTY. More polishing needed here.

Finally, here's a video interview with Archives.com, after they offered some support for the research of Volume II of the SOUL LIBERTY quartet.

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LET'S RIDE WITH THE JAMES GANG & FAMILY 

May I please have your pledge? Claim your rewards with my warmest thanks & best regards.

ERIC JAMES

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NEW REWARD !!!

Ten (10) Whales Wanted to Each Pledge

The special reward for whales who contribute $1,000 or more include a half page acknowledgement in the Acknowledgement chapter of the book. Plus all rewards scheduled for a $1500 pledge.

 PLEDGE NOW TO MEET OUR GOAL

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NEW REWARD !!! - This Reward has expired

From the jacket of JESSE JAMES SOUL LIBERTY you can receive this never-before-published image of Jesse James to put on the face of your credit card.

Increase your pledge to $25, or make a pledge of $25 or more before July 30th, 2011. If our goal is met, you will receive this one-of-a-kind image of Jesse James to put on your credit card, in addition to your schedule of Rewards.      Don't wait. Act now!

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