Mississippi River Country Tales: A Celebration of 500 Years of Deep South History

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The people who live in towns and cities along the Mississippi River in the southern United States are a special breed, steeped in 500 years of history as rich as the coffee they drink, or the soil where once the river ran. Mississippi River Country Tales is a fast-paced, easy to read history that covers everything from the early conquistadors and the first Mardi Gras to Fannie Lou Hamer and Archie Manning, and covers the geographic region from Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana. The book has received hearty praise from reviewers across the South: "[Mississippi River Country Tales] contains an incredible cast of real-life characters that would defy any writer of fiction to create lest they be perceived as too unbelievable. The book can do nothing but add to Jim Fraiser's growing reputation as another young Mississippi writer who knows how to tell stories about the places and people he knows best." --Biloxi Sun-Herald
ISBN: 9781565547872
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Mississippi
Images: 57
Pages: 168
Dimensions: 7.5 (w) x 8.5 (h)
Born in New Orleans, Jim Fraiser grew up in Greenwood, Mississippi, and attended Ole Miss as an undergraduate and for law school. He is the director of legal services for the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians, representing six thousand tribal members in all their legal matters. He has served as a Hinds County assistant district attorney and as Mississippi special assistant attorney general. In addition to his books published by Pelican, he has also published a novel and four works of nonfiction. He has published eight law-journal articles featured in national publications and two original and produced plays, The Judas Principle and Cosmos by Copernicus. Four of his dramatic adaptations of books have been produced: Walker Percy's Love in the Ruins, Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Plato's Symposium, and Alex HaleyĆ­'s Autobiography of Malcolm X. Fraiser also teaches college courses, including paralegal studies, for three of Mississippi's state universities, as well as acting and writing classes for Millsaps College's Adult Enrichment Program. He is a freelance journalist/photographer, writing regular columns, news stories, and book reviews for the Emmerich newspapers, the Clarion-Ledger, and numerous other papers, journals, and magazines throughout the Deep South.  As though his roles as lawyer and writer are not enough, Jim Fraiser is also a professional actor and has directed and/or performed in many plays in regional professional theater. He has been featured in roles in several motion pictures, including Blind Vengeance, Good Ole Boy, Ode to Billie Joe, Nightmare in Badham County, and Mississippi Burning. He was the veterinarian, Wiley Sims in the popular 2000 film My Dog Skip. He and his wife, Carole, live in Jackson, Mississippi, and have two daughters, Lucy and Mary Adelyn.
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