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Southern Literature Society Book Club for Adults

The Robertson County History Museum presents
Southern Literature Society Book Club for Adults!

STARTING MARCH 6TH AT 6PM 

We will meet once a month on the first Monday of the month at 6pm-8pm at the Robertson County History Museum. Participants are responsible for buying their own book.

Cost is $10.00 a month.

MARCH

American Lion

By: Jon Meacham

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy.

APRIL

The Atomic City Girls

By: Janet Beard

In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes a riveting novel of the everyday women who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.

MAY

Dorie : Woman of the Mountains

By: Florence Cope Bush

Through Dorie's eyes, we see how the mountain farmers were forced to abandon their beloved rural life-style and customs and assimilate into cities like Knoxville, Tennessee.  Her experiences were shared by hundreds of Appalachians during the early twentieth century.  However, Dorie's perseverance, strength of character, and deep love of the Smokies make this a unique and moving narrative.

JUNE

The Widow of the South

By: Robert Hicks

Tennessee, 1864. On a late autumn day, near a little town called Franklin, 10,000 men will soon lie dead or dying in a battle that will change many lives for ever. None will be more changed than Carrie McGavock, who finds her home taken over by the Confederate army and turned into a field hospital. Taking charge, she finds the courage to face up to the horrors around her and, in doing so, finds a cause.

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JULY

Before & After: The Incredible Real Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society

By: Judy Christie

The incredible, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandal--some of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate's bestselling novel Before We Were Yours and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach

From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children's Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents--hiding the fact that many weren't orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity wards that their babies had died.

The publication of Lisa Wingate's novel Before We Were Yours brought new awareness of Tann's lucrative career in child trafficking. 

AUGUST

Long Man

By: Amy Greene

From the critically acclaimed author of Bloodroot, a gripping, wondrously evocative novel drawn from real-life historical events: the story of three days in the summer of 1936, as a government-built dam is about to flood an Appalachian town-and a little girl goes missing.

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SEPTEMBER

On Bended Knees: The Night Rider Story

By: Bill Cunningham

A non-fictional tale of the Kentucky and Tennessee tobacco wars and farmers' revolt against the impoverishing tobacco prices of the "Duke Trust." Story of James B. Duke's tobacco empire and Dr. David Amoss from Kentucky, who led the secret organiztion known as the "Night Riders."

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OCTOBER

Forgotten Tales of Tennessee

By: Kelly Kazek

Tennessee has never been a stranger to strangeness. Stories of the weird, wild and wonderful abound in the Volunteer State. Join author and seasoned journalist Kelly Kazek as she tracks down the extraordinary stories that other history books overlook. Each section covers a different outlandish theme of Tennessee history--colorful characters, strange sites, intriguing incidents, tombstone tales, odd occurrences and curious creatures.

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NOVEMBER

Cherokee Americans: The Eastern Band of Cherokees in the Twentieth Century

By: John R. Finger

Much has been written about the forced removal of thousands of Cherokee Indians to present-day Oklahoma in the 1830s. Many of them died on the Trail of Tears. But until recently historians have largely ignored the tribal remnant that avoided removal and remained in North Carolina. John R. Finger shifts attention to the Eastern Band of Cherokees, descended from that remnant and now numbering almost ten thousand, most of whom live on a reservation adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cherokee Americans is, ironically, the first comprehensive account of the twentieth-century experience of a band that is known to and photographed by millions of tourists. This book is a sequel to The Eastern Band of Cherokees, 1819–1900 (1984) by John R. Finger, who is a professor of history at the University of Tennessee.

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