The Southern Mythology of “Uncle William” Mack Lee

Snip: San Francisco Chronicle (July 29, 1923) — via

“I ‘bey de law of man, de law of nature, and vote de Democratic ticket.” — Uncle William’s “Old Age Formula” (Salt Lake Telegram; May 26, 1927)

“We can scarcely take up a newspaper...that is not filled with nauseating flatteries [of Lee] would seem...that the soldier who kills the most men in battle, even in a bad cause, is the greatest Christian, and entitled to the highest place in heaven.” — Frederick Douglass (1871)



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Pruning the “tangled thicket” of Kühner (Keener) Genealogie in Amerika and reflecting on its relevance to current events.