Rawlings to sign new book in Louisville Dec. 7
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 2:05pm
Just what exactly did happen to that lost confederate gold? How did the Yazoo Fraud really happen and how did it impact US government at the time? How did the Ku Klux Klan really come to wield so much power and perpetrate its reign of terror in the 1920s?
Sixth generation Washington County resident William Rawlings explores these questions and many more in his latest nonfiction book, The Strange Journey of the Confederate Constitution and Other Stories From Georgia’s Historical Past.
He will be signing copies of the new book on Dec. 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Book Worm on Main Street in Louisville.
His newest release is a collection of essays detailing the intriguing stories behind 17 specific incidents in Georgia and Southern history. Arranged chronologically by era, the stories take the reader from 1783 when “...Georgia’s lands were seemingly limitless, stretching from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River, ancestral home to a number of Amerindian tribes,” through the Civil War and Reconstruction and up through the Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror in the 1920s.
Individual chapters address the reinvention of the cotton gin, the Great Yazoo Fraud, pine barrens speculation, the saga of the lost confederate treasure, the capture of Jefferson Davis, the Freedman’s Land Insurrection and much more.
More than half of these essays appeared in Georgia Backroads Magazine over the last decades but have since been edited for inclusion in this collection. Two of the pieces, A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff and The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire, were expanded into full length books that are also currently available.
“It was great fun researching and writing this book,” Rawlings has said.
The book also includes “a short, practical guide to historical research for writers” in which Rawlings talks about why he enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction and the challenges he faces researching the facts behind the stories he loves to tell.
After a career in medicine, Rawlings, began writing because he said he had a story that just needed to be told.
His first five novels were in the genre of Southern suspense and this most recent release is his third non-fiction book on southern history published by Mercer University Press.