“The idea of someone else doing for you will destroy you from the inside.”

“I arrive at the age of fifteen, at this period I had learned only in a moderate degree to read write and cipher having like most children neglected to improve the opportunities afforded me at the common schools. And not being able to appreciate the great advantages derived from education and an improved mind, however […]

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The Narrative Lineage

There are two major problems with telling this story. Every generation of Bakers has multiple sons, and those sons all name their sons the same names; and Trying to find the narrative lines that tell the story I want to tell. The first problem is actually the most complex. While we have copious amounts of […]

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The Start of the Beginning

While we’ve reached our Kickstarter goal, we still have 7 days left to hit our stretch goal of $12,000. That money will be used to hire the types of professionals needed to make sure our independently-produced book is not an amateurish production. The wonderful aspect of this process is that I get to determine with […]

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We did it, but…

Thanks to our friends, family, and supporters, we crossed the threshold for funding this project on Monday, April 22. I can’t express how thankful I am for everyone’s support, but I’m trying. My dad, though, taught me not to quit until the game is over. We still have a few days left, and we’re into the […]

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In Rebuttal to Malcolm Gladwell

“The borderlands — as this region was known — were remote and lawless territories that had been fought over for hundreds of years… And when they immigrated to North America, they moved into the American interior, to remote, lawless, rocky, and marginally fertile places like Harlan that allowed them to reproduce in the New World […]

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