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McGraw-Hill, New York City, New York, 1965.  249 pp.
  Daughter of the Legend  
  Jesse Stuartís seventh novel, Daughter of the Legend,  published in 1965, is not set in Kentucky, but in the Cumberland Gap mountains of Tennessee. The story treats the reaction of local society to the love between a lumberjack, David Stoneking, and a beautiful a Melungeon girl, Deutisa Huntoon. Stoneking’s love for Deutisa leads to the loss of friend, his job and various indignities, but he finally finds a new home with Deutisa people.

Jesse’s interests in Melungeons blossomed during his time as a student at Lincoln Memorial University at Harroagte, Tennessee, where he met a Melungeon girl. He became fascinated with the mysterious history of these people. His initial efforts to publish the manuscript in 1945, while serving in the United States Navy, failed; it was not published until twenty years later.


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