I am so excited about the publication of my children’s book, Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House. Last night, I was interviewed live for 30-40 minutes on a national online radio station, www.dixiebroadcasting.com. This station has a rapidly growing audience, and if you’re interested in the South, its history, and in issues currently facing the South, you should tune in. Of the 10,000 or so stations online, Dixie Broadcasting has been rated #36! If you missed the interview, you can find and download it by clicking on the Pelican Pages Segment. It should be available in about a week. Look for either my name, Rickey Pittman, or for Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House.
Here is the publisher’s description of my children’s book that they posted on Amazon.
The true story of the adopted black child of Jefferson Davis.
Jim Limber Davis was rescued from an abusive guardian by Varina Davis when he was only five years old. Jefferson and Varina Davis welcomed him into their home, the Confederate White House, as one of the family, and Jim lived with them until the fall of the Confederacy.
When Union soldiers invaded Richmond, Virginia, they captured Jefferson Davis. Later, they kidnapped Jim Limber in Georgia and spread cruel rumors that he was Jefferson Davis’s slave. This true story provides a glimpse of how Jim was accepted as one of the Davis’s children and reveals their family’s love and compassion for him.
About the Author
Rickey E. Pittman, 1998 grand prize winner of the prestigious Ernest Hemingway Short Story Competition, is an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He is also a Civil War reenactor, a public speaker on issues and topics related to the War Between the States, and a musician who travels and performs original and Civil War-period music. The inspiration to write Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House came from a chance discovery of Jim Limber Davis’s existence. Pittman proceeded with the encouragement of friends and the desire to provide reading audiences with an “accurate book written from a Southern perspective” among “the politically driven, and often historically inaccurate materials currently available on the Civil War.”
Born in 1952 in Dallas, Texas, Pittman earned a bachelor’s degree in New Testament Greek and a master’s degree in English from Abilene Christian University. His prolific writing career took off after graduation; he produced numerous plays, works of nonfiction, collections of poetry, and short stories. After moving to Monroe, Louisiana, Pittman was added to the Louisiana Roster of Artists in 1998. Working closely with regional art councils, he was commissioned to write historical plays for Franklin and Madison Parishes.
Pittman is an enthusiast of many types of music, and he is also a singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Angus Doubhghall, a local Scots-Irish band.
Judith Hierstein believes that “pictures should begin where the written word ends.” She encourages children to share in her love of learning about other cultures through illustrated books. Ms. Hierstein holds a B.A. in art from the University of Iowa. A former elementary-school teacher, she now teaches high-school graphic and media arts. She sees digital art as “another exciting media to explore when illustrating for children.” Aside from teaching and learning,Hierstein has also illustrated a number of children’s books for Pelican Publishing. Ms. Hierstein resides in Tucson, Arizona.
Here is the Amazon link for my book: http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Limber-Davis-Orphan-Confederate/dp/158980435X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-4008325-1560968?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1177553009&sr=1-1