In 1943, my family moved from the Mississippi Delta town of Yazoo City to Mobile, Alabama to look for work during that port city’s boom times of World War II. Since I was born in 1934, the Great Depression and WWII were among the many historical events I lived to see and eventually to study. The decades of the 50s and 60s brought social and economic transformations into my world, including music, movies, and an improvement of the standard living. It is amusing now to watch the documentaries made of those times, because many of the changes that meant so much to me are passed over with out comment. Looking back now I realize my interest in sociology was in an incubation stage. American culture began to change during those decades, a time of ongoing, momentous change that surrounded me everyday. Other life-altering interests occupied my days, including marriage to my best friend and the arrivals of our three little ones.  In 1978 I began my seven-year academic career at the University of South Alabama as a recent widow. Along the way I encountered bias in academia, which I tried to understand and account for by shifting my focus from history to sociology, which had developed methods for dealing with bias. From the perspectives of a historical skeptic, I began to find clues about a history that never gets taught in schools. This “alt-history” brings back into the frame of the narrative the brilliance and power of the common people’s experiences surviving and even thriving in and out the cauldrons of Imperial Processions, a process the historian Barbara Tuchman aptly deemed in her seminal book, The March of Folly. If you, as I have, ever wondered about this Alt-History and asked an important question: What was life like before and the great empires rose and fell? As generals and emperors jostled for power and control, agrarian societies invented a world that predated industrial power games; civilizations that planted, reaped and flourished long before and after too much bloody dust had settled. Other key questions I’ve always pondered are: “Who was Jesus and What on the earth was he trying to do?” The entire lifetime of Jesus was lived among a conquered people in an enemy-occupied land. Jesus’ gospel becomes clearer against a backdrop of cultural imperialism and social turmoil. Every day of his life he faced his fractured society and culture in flux. He stepped into the role of a reformer bent on empathy and kindness as a savior from the injustices of a brutal age. The Christology based upon his death never deals with the realities of Jesus’ life, which is the main focus of my book, Jesus, His Gospel and His World. Jesus preached about a communitarian Kingdom ruled by Abba, which offered an appealing alternative to the cultural confusion of the first-century Greco-Roman world. Here, in my five books, are the distillations of my search for a history of Western cultures. Fairhope, Alabama 2017
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