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Hewitt Clarke

 Hewitt Clarke

Mr. Clarke is one of the foremost writers of southern history.  Focusing much of his effort on East and Central Mississippi, his extensively researched books can be found in private libraries across the south.  Thunder at Meridian, his first publication, remains the definitive account of Lauderdale County history.  Not merely a summary of the writing of other authors, his works have been received with high acclaim and are the result of painstaking, onsite research extracting the true story of Mississippi directly from archeological digs, walking the back woods trails and speaking directly with the people and the families of people who actually lived the events.  Mr. Clarke's writing gives voice to the real story of Mississippi history.  More

East End Tea Room CoverThe East End Tea Room.  This is a true story about the citizens of Mississippi weathering the storm in the 1960's when hundreds of civil rights activists from the North invaded the state. It was during a time when black ghettoes in the civil rights worker's own backyards in Northern cities were about to explode in death and destruction. In one year, 67 race riots broke out in Northern cities. In Detroit alone, 43 people were killed and millions of dollars in property destroyed.

And the nation may have noticed, but the media never reported, that none of these destructive race riots occurred in the South.  (288 Pages, $25.00)  More

He Saw the Elephant CoverHe Saw the Elephant This is a true story about the amazing Civil War adventures of Lt. Charles Read, CSN.  Mild mannered Charley Read was an Annapolis graduate from Mississippi. He entered the Confederate Navy at age 21. One of his shipmates said he could have easily stepped out of the pages of a Dumas novel.

His tombstone in Meridian reads: With a crew of 17 he captured and burned 22 Union ships in 21 days and struck terror across the eastern seaboard.  (263 Pages, $25.00) More

War Stories from Mississippi CoverWar Stories from Mississippi.  War Stories takes the reader back through time from Vietnam to the Civil War with graphic descriptions of bloody battles where Mississippians fought and died. In 1934 a young man named Morris Cohen graduated from Mississippi State College. It was Cohen's destiny to become a major atomic bomb spy for the Soviet Union, and this story takes the reader into the shadow world of Soviet spies and high level treason in the US Government.

Through the stories of the men who were there, he book relives the
 horrors of war right up to the Vietnam conflict.
 (244 Pages, $25.00) More

Bloody Kemper CoverBloody Kemper.  This is a long buried true story, dark and foreboding, some of it almost unbelievable.

In the 1890's a sinister doctor entered into a conspiracy with local merchants. He poisoned as many as fifty of his own patients to collect life insurance. Newspapers called it the most heinous crime in the history of the nation.  The story flashes back to the Reconstruction period after the Civil War.  A bitter feud between two prominent families led to what is called "the massacre". They say blood ran in the streets. The county is still called Bloody Kemper and the old feud is still going on. (302 Pages, $90.00) More

Thunder at Meridian CoverThunder at Meridian.  A piece of land in the hills of east Mississippi. The people living there for 300 years. This is the action filled true story that was twenty years in the making.

The story begins in 1695 with Alabama Mingo, Chief of the Choctaw war village of Koosa Town. Pushmataha lived there, and his nephews Oklahoma and Nittekechi.  It continues through the raging Civil War years with all the danger and hardships of a Confederate soldier and a young naval officer in combat.  Then the Meridian Riot that exploded for three violent days during Reconstruction in 1871. (390 Pages, $60.00)  More

Mississippi Blood Working CoverMississippi Blood.  Larry Tiffee was a good old boy from Arkansas but when he was found in his upscale Meridian, Mississippi home with six bullet wounds in his body and a .380 caliber coup-de-grace to his right temple, well… one might say "things just went south" from there. With all the intrigue of a Scott Petersen or Phil Spector murder case, the Tiffee story unfolds in the quiet, church-going, deep south city in East Mississippi where a "hit man" is usually the big guy that bats fourth in the Sunday afternoon softball game and the mafia is something once read about in a Mario Puzo novel.  Mississippi Blood offers all the element of big city murder - including the Dixie mafia, illicit drug transactions, a profession hit man and his murder kit, and an outlaw biker gang called the "Satans". (251 Pages, $40.00)  More
Money and Blood CoverMoney and Blood is true.  Taken from police files, newspaper morgues and Mississippi history, the story is about the flow of dollars and death along old US Highway 80; the highway that has come to be known as the highway of broken dreams.  When Interstate 20 was completed along side US Highway 80 in Mississippi, it took all of the interstate traffic from the old route and left economic chaos.

To survive, most of the business places along Highway 80 turned into dangerous gambling joints and honky tonks, where those who survived learned to sit with their backs to the wall. (284 Pages, $25.00)  More

Wild Times CoverWild Times is about the people and events that shaped the history of Meridian and DeKalb.  These are the stories of great accomplishments, heroic solders, colorful street fighters and murder.
Beginning during the Civil War Surrender, when Meridian could barely be called a village, this latest of Mr. Clarke's efforts is a veritable survey of Meridian and eastern Mississippi history.  From the infamous Meridian riots of 1871 to Kemper County and back again.  Wild Times examines William Hardy's contribution to early Lauderdale County, then back to Kemper for more tragic tales.  Though the great cyclone that devastated Meridian to World War 1, World War 2 and Korea. 
(283 Pages, $25.00)  More

   

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