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Fiat Flux: The Writings of Wilson R. Bachelor, Nineteenth-Century Country Doctor and Philosopher
Wilson R. Bachelor was a Tennessee native who moved with his family to Franklin County, Arkansas, in 1870. A country doctor and natural philosopher, Bachelor was impelled to chronicle his life from 1870 to 1902, documenting the family's move to Arkansas, their settling a farm in Franklin County, and Bachelor's medical practice. Bachelor was an avid reader with wide-ranging ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by University of Arkansas Press
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The core of this book is the diary of Wilson R. Bachelor, plus his newspaper essays and letters to the editor, personal letters, and other materials written during his years in Franklin County, Arkansas, from March 1870 until his death in 1903. The diary starts on March 1, 1870, when he departed from his home in Hardin County, Tennessee, for the trip to his new home in the Arkansas River Valley near Ozark. The trip took 22 days as he traveled by water up the Tennessee River to Cairo, Ill., where ...more
All you could do to make it better is put the whole thing in chronological order, chop up the meat of the introductory and concluding essays as footnotes. But what you have is an extraordinary record of an unconventional mind on the frontier. Here is a doctor fleeing the Civil War in Tennessee and being shocked by the violence of rural Arkansas. Here is a freethinker writing smart but ineffectual (you get these same letters in the conservative Arkansas state-wide paper today) essays on how the ...more