Terry Foody

The Cherokee and the Newsman

In 1828, as part of a Cherokee Delegation to Washington City, Sequoyah stopped in Kentucky to search for his father, Nathaniel Gist. There, he met his 4 year old half-nephew, Henry Howard Gratz, foreshadowing a literacy bond between them.  Sequoyah, through his syllabary, gave the first written language to an indigenous American tribe. For his part, Gratz published editorials and news for 37 years from Reconstruction through the Gilded Age.

The stories of these two men linked by blood, span 7 states, 3 centuries and 4 wars. Sequoyah, Gratz and their famous relatives were on the forefront of American history, interacting with Washington, Jackson and Lincoln.

In articles, letters and interviews this account illuminates their controversies, escapades and lasting contributions; the importance of language and a free press today.



The Pie Seller, the Drunk and the Lady

During the nineteenth century, cholera raged through the United States several times, and Kentucky had very high fatality rates. In 1833, cholera killed 500 of Lexington’s population in just a few weeks. Foody examines the devastation in Lexington from many angles—environmental, commercial, social and medical. She discusses early altruistic efforts, the black woman behind the white hero, the plight of orphaned children, and societal trends revealed in laws and practices. Despite great medical advances, cholera is still a worldwide killer. Foody explains why and compares it to other threatening global diseases, such as SARS and pandemic flu.




WJTN Interview


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