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Re: Friendly Persuasion (1956)

I’ll throw my theory into the public arena for open debate. I propose that Jessamyn West’s novel, The Friendly Persuasion, was actually written based on the real life and family of my GGF, Jesse Walter Birdwell of Sullivan County, Tennessee. I am his namesake, Jesse Walter Birdwell (IV). What say you?

Do you still have your great-grandparents’ organ? I like their approach to resolving marital conflicts, if not necessarily civil ones.

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