Introduction: James Street(2)
Street also wrote a series of four bestselling
novels that followed one Mississippi family over the span of a century. In the
second volume, Tap Roots, the author incorporated a true episode from
Mississippi's Civil War history -- Jones County's attempted secession from the
Confederacy as the "Free State of Jones." Starring Van Heflin, Susan Hayward,
and Boris Karloff, the 1948 film Tap Roots premiered in Laurel, Street's
hometown and the seat of Jones County.
On display is a revised screenplay for the 1956
movie Good-bye, My Lady, which appeared on cinematic screens two years
after the book's publication and the author's death. Yet another story about a
boy and his hunting dog, the film's director was William A. Wellman and its cast
includes Walter Brennan and Sidney Poitier.