For so many years I wrote essays, long before I wrote novels, before I went back to school to study history and study it further on my own. Before that I wrote technical manuals and instructions. Inexplicably, few read those, while they are needed for some practical purpose. But essays – narrations of ideas – have always been at the heart of my writing, even when infused within my characters and their stories in my novels. So here then are my essays, with some more recent in my years as an old student with passion for history and its people. Some, the most early, are not so well written – it was before my appreciation for the English language grew to its present level - and maybe weakly compelling, while a few show a spark of intelligence with profundity and maybe wisdom. There is a little bit of memoir, some painful but honest and personal. Some are now outdated but reflect what I saw at the time. They are my own words.
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Having read his After Bondage and War and Hanna’s Promise, I had a curiosity about David Claire Jennings’ latest book, Collected Essays on Americanism. I had determined that he had a penchant for writing with humanity about 19th century American history. This work was different. He explains that his sixty-six essays were written over several years before he turned to historical fiction writing with his novels. The topics are so varied that some readers will enjoy some of his essays, while not be interested in others. The author organizes them in themes to sectionalize the book. But the central idea is authentic. These essays are all about Americanism with much from our past and also our contemporary state of affairs. He is obviously proud of his Scots-Irish roots and the participation of his people in the development of our country. Certainly a love for our country, its history and heritage comes through as it does in all of his writing.