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Can Anything Beat White?A Black Family's Letters$
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Elisabeth Petry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617033209

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617033209.001.0001

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The Wanderer

The Wanderer

(p.41) Chapter 3 The Wanderer
Can Anything Beat White?

Elisabeth Petry

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on Willis H. James and his correspondence. Willis enlisted in the U.S. Army in the fall of 1899. After his discharge he lived briefly in New York, but soon changed his name to Leon (L. J.) St. Clair and began to wander. Willis changed names, addresses, and jobs so often his family frequently lost track of him. However, the one consistency in his otherwise unstable life was his continued devotion to Bertha and his little sister Louise.

Keywords:   Willis H. James, Bertha James, Louise James, correspondence, letters

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