“Give ‘Way to the Right” Book Release Remembers the Soldiers Who Fought in World War I

Jillian Murphy

  • Give ’Way to the Right recounts the true story of Chris Emmett’s service in World War I
  • Give ’Way to the Right releases November 11, 2018, the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice, from the University of North Georgia Press

Dahlonega, GANovember 11, 2018—The University of North Georgia Press is pleased to announce our latest release: Give ’Way to the Right by Chris Emmett, edited by David Scott Stieghan. The book releases November 11, 2018, on the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice of World War I.

The front cover of "Give 'Way to the Right" by Chris Emmett, edited by David Scott Stieghan. The cover shows a destroyed battle field.
Cover design by Corey Parson

Give ’Way to the Right is the true account of Chris Emmett’s experience in World War I. Emmett joined the war effort in 1917 and was part of the American Expeditionary Forces (A. E. F.) on the Western Front, where he served in France with L Company. Written following Emmett’s discharge from the army, Give ’Way to the Right was not originally intended for public audiences. The result is an honest record of what Emmett saw in the war: men not given proper medical attention when needed, officers promoted without merit, and trenches that did little to protect the soldiers in them. Emmett’s account shows the truth of warfare to later generations that knew nothing of war. It is a memorial to the friends he lost and a reminder of what lays on a battlefield.

Editor David Scott Stieghan is the United States Army Infantry Branch Historian at Fort Benning, Georgia. He has taught history at colleges in Texas, Tennessee, and Georgia and is currently the Military History Instructor for the U. S. Army Infantry. Stieghan has worked on twenty-eight Armed Forces Radio and Television Service Military Heritage Spots, eight shows for the History Channel, nine for the Outdoor Channel, and twenty-one shows for the Military Channel as a technical advisor and Subject Matter Expert. He also served as technical advisor for the mini-series “Truman” on HBO and “Rough Riders” on TNT.

Give ’Way to the Right (978-1-940771-44-1) is a 6 x 9 paperback with 318 pages. It can be purchased through Ingram, Amazon, and other major retailers for $24.95. It includes original illustrations by Emmett as well as additional footnotes, photographs, and annotations by Stieghan. Give ’Way to the Right will make a wonderful addition to any military history library.

The University of North Georgia Press, a scholarly, peer-reviewed press, is an extension of our sponsoring university, the University of North Georgia. Our primary function is to promote education and research with a special emphasis on innovative scholarship and pedagogy.

Maori Literary History

At the University of North Georgia Press, we are interested in enlightening our readers on the literary history of different nations. The Maori tribe of New Zealand’s literary beginning and growth is unique in that, since the beginning, the development has been slow. It was not until the seventies, that Maori literature obtained wide-spread popularity, but since then it has seen an enormous boom.

The beginning of New Zealand literature commenced when the Maori people called this island home around one thousand years ago. Like most cultures, the original Maori literature was shared orally through “laments, love poems, war chants, and prayers” (Christian Karlson Stead, 2014). The Maori people also shared the folklore of their gods.

In 1642, European pioneer Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand. Shortly after, in 1769 James Cook also made the voyage to the country. These two expeditions initiated the beginning of the European presence in New Zealand. A friendly greeting was not granted by Maori people when Europeans arrived; Maori people contracted several diseases to which they were not immune. The Europeans feared that the entire Maori population would die out,  so they began to collect Maori legends and preserve them in their original Maori language. These legends were shared among the Maori and Pakeha (European) people, which led to a greater sense of shared cultural identity.

The marae, which is the meeting place of Maori people, was the hub of the tribe’s literary history. In this spiritual space, oral stories were told, and striking performances entertained all who were in attendance. The Maori literature shed light on how the past affected current issues or circumstances. Maori stories seek to reinforce the innate values of their culture, one being mohiotanga, which is the share of information among all. However, without proper copyright guidelines, authorship was not always given to the correct individual.

After World War II, Maori authors wrote in English and were not usually fluent in the Maori language. It seemed as though the Maori literary traditions were lost forever. But, in the 1970s, the notion that Maori literature was solely a historical record ended. Maori authors wrote in English but discussed Maori issues. Books such as Once Were Warriors (Alan Duff, 1990) describe, in a dark way, how “Maori must take responsibility for their own failures and find the means to correct them” (Stead, 2014). The book describes a ‘modern’ Maori family which is poverty-stricken and full of misfortunes, some preventable and some not. According to Craig Cunningham, he states that the novel (which was later turned into a film) is, “ongoing argument between both younger and urban Maori and older rural Maori about what in fact it means to be Maori” (2013).

In recent years, New Zealand has seen an increase in literature written in the Maori language. A survey conducted by Statistics NZ (2013) discovered that only eleven percent of Maori people speak their native tongue fluently. But, authors have been making an effort to translate their pieces from English to Maori in order to further preserve their heritage.

The Maori literary history has come a long way since its oral beginning; however, Maori authors are still writing to preserve their heritage and share their culture with the rest of the world.

About Turn Back Before Baghdad

A quarter of a century ago, Saddam Hussein was given the ultimatum to peacefully withdraw troops by January 15, 1991, from Kuwait before the United States and our allies took lethal action. Hussein failed to comply and Operation Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm, in attempt to swiftly bring an end to the war over the oil province in Kuwait.

Including commentary from the late Laurence Jolidon, Turn Back before Baghdad is a collection of firsthand dispatches from American and British correspondents in the thick of the action. Their accounts include eye-witness battlefield reports, descriptions of tragic friendly fire episodes, and colorful and humorous insights into how American and British soldiers lived on the frontlines.

Turn Back before Baghdad is filled with the excitement and emotion of life among soldiers preparing for, and engaging in combat. Read it to experience various daily accounts of Operation Desert Storm and learn intimate details from the soldiers and civilians who lived through that pivotal moment in history. The University of North Georgia Press is honored to announce our April 18, 2017 release of Turn Back before Baghdad, a true and commemorative account of Operation Desert Storm.

Coming Soon: “Traveler’s Rest and the Tugaloo Crossroads” by Robert Eldridge Bouwman

Traveler's Rest front coverIn 1964, Traveler’s Rest, an old inn on the Georgia side of Lake Hartwell, officially became a National Historic Landmark. The inn deserved the title, as it is strongly steeped in history; in fact, it will celebrate its 200th birthday this year! The land surrounding it, previously known as Tugaloo, has a rich past as well, with records dating back to its 16th century’s Native American residents. To honor this inn’s remarkable heritage, Robert Eldridge Bouwman wrote and compiled a history of the area. His book, titled Traveler’s Rest and the Tuagloo Crossroads offers a comprehensive account of all facets of Traveler’s Rest and the surrounding area.

Bouwman’s history closely follows Traveler’s Rest as it is passed from one family to another. Before being expended into the more modern inn whose reconstruction still stands today, Traveler’s Rest was a small cabin. As time passed, the cabin evolved into a simple house that would eventually become the inn. James Wyly built the house along the Unicoi Turnpike, the area’s main trading route, which gave the house the perfect opportunity to succeed as a respite for weary travelers.

This history covers the past 300 years in incredible detail. Bouwman pays specific attention to the families who settled on Traveler’s Rest’s land: the Waltons, Wylys, Martins, and lastly, the Jarretts. Nationally significant events, like the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, are emphasized equally with the minutiae of the families’ daily lives. Bouwman’s inclusion of firsthand accounts from the residents and visitors of Traveler’s Rest gives its history a very personal feel that allows readers to personally connect with the families and their lives. For instance, private correspondence between the Jarrett family members is included, and touches down on such topics as their health, courtships, and affection for one another.

Traveler’s Rest now stands six miles east of Toccoa, Georgia, and functions as a house museum. It is open to the public, and is a must see for any tourists in the area. It contains genuine period furniture and artifacts, most of which belong to the late Jarrett family. To visit the house now, according to Bouwman, is to “step back in time to the days of stagecoach, roadside tavern, and pioneer living.” Reading his history is a wonderful way to introduce Traveler’s Rest to any prospective visitors, and it perfectly complements the inn itself.

Family Man, Bite Me, and Outfoxed

Written by Matthew Pardue

As promised, today we have three comics by Dylan Meconis, a freelance artist and writer who’s worked on a lot of publications according to her FAQs page, but is best known (by me, anyway, which is what counts) for her webcomics. I’ll review them in the same order they were made, because I can’t think of a more creative way right off-hand.

Bite Me! is first (that exclamation mark is going to annoy me thanks to Microsoft Word’s capitalization settings, so this is the only time you’ll see it). You may already guess just by the name that it’s about vampires; to Meconis’s credit, she started this back in 2000 before the vampire craze really took off (with the exception of Anne Rice, anyway, but at this point accusing people of copying her is like accusing them of ripping off Dracula). More to her credit, it’s a comedy, and a good one too, so she mostly parodies the dark-and-seductive-stalkers-of-the-night business. Her undead characters also gleefully describe themselves as agents of Satan rather than taking a woe-is-me attitude about it (a change that would have livened up Twilight a fair bit).

It’s set in the French Revolution, because Meconis is a history buff and she looked at that time of inequality, aristocratic corruption, starvation, violent social unrest, and mass executions of tens of thousands, then did the only sensible thing and made it the backdrop of a comedy.

Original at: http://www.bitemecomic.com/?p=508

That’s Lucien (the mostly-serious one, insomuch as someone who died thanks to chickens can be serious) and Claire (the funny one who may be just a little crazy). They meet largely by accident, but something happens to stick them together. Not that Claire minds about her new life, quirky woman that she is.

Original at: http://www.bitemecomic.com/?p=581

Their story is short and self-contained; I just read it from start to finish in about two hours while also answering emails and keeping an eye on the Red Bull Stratos base jump (which finally got cancelled after long delays, damn it). As such, it’s a quick and easy comic that could pass a slow afternoon and get you interested in Meconis’s next work, Family Man.

I still don’t get the name. If she’s referring to the main character, Luther, then the title doesn’t make much sense. He starts off staying in the family home but soon leaves to take a job offer; none of his relatives have walked on-screen in a good five years. Don’t let that number mislead you; Family Man seems about as short as Bite Me, actually. It just updates rather casually. Normally one new page comes out each Friday, but Meconis has to take breaks now and then, usually because she injures her drawing hand. The plot also has a pretty slow pace. You might not like that; Bite Me moves along much faster, has more action, and is already finished. Family Man spends a lot of time foreshadowing and hinting (for example, werewolves have been promised since the start and they’ve only recently been revealed), so you need a little patience to get into this story.

Anyway, the details. Luther leaves home to take a faculty position at about the only university that’d tolerate him; that’s what happened when you studied theology in the 1700s and switched to atheism during your dissertation. It tended to make you unpopular with the other professors (and just about everyone else). Weirdly, Luther’s religious leanings don’t stop him from still enjoying the subject matter, not to mention teaching it.

Original at: http://www.lutherlevy.com/?p=127

If a story about academic politics sounds thrilling to you, then you’re in the right place (which is good, because you won’t find many others that’ll suit you). Well, academia and werewolves, like I mentioned earlier. It’s a strange but admirably creative combination, like cheesecake and bacon. Sure, it looks weird on paper, but until you try it, how will you know?

Assuming you like history and have the patience for a genuinely slow plot, though, Family Man is a great comic (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve accidently written Family Guy during this review). The art, characters, and story are considerably more sophisticated and realistic than Bite Me; I recommend reading the archives with the Notes page in another tab or window so you can see all the thought and historical accuracy that goes into this thing. Meconis also realizes that her story doesn’t exactly fly along at breakneck speeds, and she graciously reminds her readers of who certain characters are or what an earlier plot point was when we haven’t seen either in a while, something that you may remember me wishing for with Schlock Mercenary.

On a side note, two characters (possibly three if you count a brief, wordless appearance in the epilogue) carried over from Bite Me to Family Man. Meconis has said a few times that we shouldn’t expect many similarities. Some aspects are deliberately opposite, according to her. That’s kind of a shame, because I like Luther’s older self in Bite Me.

Original at: http://www.bitemecomic.com/?p=502

Onto the third webcomic, “Outfoxed.” This one’s much shorter (as you might’ve guessed from the format of the name if you’re one of my literary people), only twenty-two pages not counting the cover, so you could read the whole thing in a matter of minutes. It’s a nice little fairy tale with some very thematic shading; the shadows are probably my favorite thing about it.

Original at: http://www.dylanmeconis.com/outfoxed/04.html

I can’t say much without ruining the story, since it’s so short, but the basis is that the laundry woman saves a fox from the hunters. From there, things get strange. Meconis herself describes it by writing, “The old saying goes ‘be careful what you wish for,’ but this fable suggests it’s a good idea to be careful of what other people wish for, too. Even when they’re not people.” I think she puts it pretty well.

So that’s the basics of Dylan Meconis: a clever history writer who draws well and does more research for her stories than any reasonable person would attempt. Regardless of the order I used here, I recommend reading “Outfoxed” first, since it’s so brief, then going to Bite Me. If you like both of those, then you might enjoy Family Man too. If not, then strap electrodes to your head and zap your brain until you do like it, because they’re all three great stories that at least deserve a chance.

Oh, I only now remembered the disclaimers as I edit this before posting it. Bite Me is surprisingly tame for vampires in the French Revolution (aside from people occasionally shouting about the dark angels of Satan and such); its violence is pretty easygoing and played for laughs even if you see some blood. On the other hand, Family Man is weirdly more adult despite the formal academic setting. A dead rabbit gets graphically sacrificed in detail, and there’s some nudity (historically accurate nudity between consenting, well-adjusted adults with explanations of the social norms surrounding their relationship, which I guess makes it downright educational). And “Outfoxed” briefly shows a naked guy with a strategically-placed speech bubble for censorship. Unless the thought of Luther’s chest hair disturbs you too deeply, you should still check out the comics.

Here are the first pages of Bite Me, Family Man, and “Outfoxed.” Read them. Read them all.