Stonewall Jackson and the Uppity Spy
The “New” Stonewall Jackson and the Uppity Spy, is a Comic book “Originally named” Uncle T and the Uppity Spy, but this version has no Gullah an English-based creole language, the entire Stonewall Jackson and the Uppity Spy book is represented in this book but designed for a young adults audience of ages from 10 to 14. Its layout is an 8″ x 10″ format like a traditional comic book with bubbles and graphics, representing sounds and actions. And as a bonus to make sure that young people understand this version it has 10% more content than the original hardcopy version.
It’s Stonewall Jackson’s true-life story written in a young adult format, But a knockoff version of the original” Uncle T and the Uppity Spy hardcover book is a semi-fictionalized story of two young twin black brothers whose life paths diverge in very different directions during the American Civil War era. The young black boy, Jim Lewis (who is based on a historical character), is chosen to be a house slave to Thomas J. Jackson (soon to become General “Stonewall” Jackson). Jim’s manners intelligence and Christ-like character impress Jackson and endear the boy to him. When the war came a mature Jim serves as General Jackson’s trusted body servant. The two men grow closer, and Jackson respects Jim’s loyalty and wisdom so much that he sometimes lets Jim serve as an adviser. Jim’s brother Tyler, on the other hand, is the fictional protagonists that was a leased out field hand from General Jackson’s plantation, and he suffers mistreatment at the hands of a harsh overseer and chose to join the North, which Allan Pinkerton employed him as a spy. The life of a field slave and house slave are is only different in the way they see life.