EKKOES FROM KENTUCKY. David Ross Locke Author
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Scanned, proofed and corrected from the original hardcover edition for enjoyable reading. (Worth every penny spent!)***A note about the author:David Ross Locke (also known by his pseudonym Petroleum V. Nasby) was an American journalist and early political commentator during and after the American Civil War. Locke's fictional alter ego, Nasby, loudly championed the cause of the Confederate States of America from Secession onward, but did little to actively help it. After being conscripted into the Union Army he deserted to the Confederates, joining the fictional Pelican Brigade. However, he found life in the Confederate Army tite nippin and soon deserted again. By the end of the Civil War he was back in civilian life. Although this book is written in the semi-literate spelling used by other humorists of the time, it is a sophisticated work of ironic fiction. It consciously intended to rally support for the Union cause; Nasby himself was portrayed as a thoroughly detestable character — a supreme opportunist, bigoted, work-shy, often half-drunk, and willing to say or do anything to get a Postmaster's job. At the time the book was written, Postmasterships were political plums, offering a guaranteed federal salary for little or no real work. Until the glorious day when he received a Post Orfis from Andrew Johnson, Nasby worked, when he worked, most frequently as a preacher. His favorite Biblical texts, unsurprisingly, were the ones that were used by Southern ministers to prove that slavery was ordained by the Bible.Abraham Lincoln loved the Nasby writings, and quoted them frequently. He is quoted as saying, ...I intend to tell him if he will communicate his talent to me, I will swap places with him!***A note about the Illustrator:Artist Thomas Nast was a German-born American caricaturist and editorial cartoonist who is considered to be the Father of the American CartoonAmong his notable works were the creation of the modern version of Santa Claus and Uncle Sam (the male personification of the American people) as well as the political symbols of both major United States political parties: the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey.This edition contains many of his political cartoons.***And now...An excerpt from the beginning of the (Preface):PREFIS, OR INTERDUCTRY CHAPTER. SKOLARS, and men wich wuzn't skolars, hev deprekated the manufakter uv so many books. Whether they were justified or not in their strikters, it doesn't become me to say. Probably they wood say to me, ef I should consult em (wich I shel not), Don't publish this book; there's reely no okkashun for it! There isn't? Did the capchus adviser see the state uv my pants? Did he observe the wreckt condishun of my boots? Is he aware that I am in arrears for board? Not publish my book! Kin I so far forget my dooty to humanity? Nary. Its publikashen will at least do ONE suffrin man good, and that's more than half uv the writers kin say. What recks it that thatone is ME? Wat posterity will say I don't know; neither do I care. I ain't labrin for posterity; neither did my father, else I hed bin better off. Posterity may assign me a niche in the temple uv massive intellex, or may not; it's all one to the subscriber. I woodn't give a ten-cent postal currency for wat the next generashen will do for me. It's this generashen I'm goin for. So much for Buckinham! When I last communed with my readers, Democrisy wuz about the most bustid institooshen in this country. Dimocrisy hed undertook to carry the President, and it broke down under the load. Then the President undertook to carry the Dimocrisy, and he broke down under that load. Both were sootable to be carried, but neither hed the strength to carry the tother. And so, doorin the winter, spring, and summer they lay, both at the bottom uv the ditch uv despondency, lookin helplessly at each other, but neither able to help his fellow-suffrer. They wood hev embraced, but they hedn't strength enuff to roll together. The Fall elections revived us. The Ablishnists uv Maine didn't vote, wich give our people in Californy strength; the carryin uv that State discouraged em in Ohio and Pennsylvany, wich, follered up, give us the overwhelmin triumph in Noo York. That give us life; that infused vigger into us. It operatid like a invigorator—a stiff wun—does onto the bowels uv a Kentuckian whose flask is out, and who hezn't bin neer a bar-room for thirty-six hours. It wuz strengthenin....


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