Harold Keith


<p>Harold Keith grew up near the Cherokee country he describes in <em>Rifles for Watie.</em>A native Oklahoman, he was edu-cated at Northwestern State Teachers College at Alva and at the University of Oklahoma.</p><p>While traveling in eastern Oklahoma doing research on his master’s thesis in history, Mr. Keith found a great deal of fresh material about the Civil War in the Indian country. Deciding he might someday write a historical novel, he interviewed twenty–two Civil War veterans then living in Oklahoma and Arkansas; much of the background of <em>Rifles for Watie</em>came from the note-books he filled at that time. The actual writing of this book took five years.</p><p>Since 1930, the author has been sports publicity director at the University of Oklahoma. He is married and has a son and daughter.</p>

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