About the Author
Ryan S. Walters was born in Laurel, Mississippi, on July 7, 1973. He grew up in Jones County, the famous 'Free State of Jones' in the small town of Ellisville. He graduated from Heidelberg Academy, a Christian-based private school, and then attended Jones County Junior College and the University of Southern Mississippi. Ryan holds a BA and an MA in American history from Southern Miss and is currently working on a PhD in nineteenth-century American political history.
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