LISTEN: Historian John Hartsock on David Harum, Homer’s “Gift To The Country”

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Homerite and renowned media historian John Hartsock recently stopped by X101 and shared some amazing stories about the legend of David Harum, which he describes in the interview as “Homer’s gift to the country.”

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Controversy, history and the relentless pursuit of the American dream each played a part in the exploding popularity among 19th century Americans of Edward Noyes Westcott’s novel, “David Harum: A Story of American Life,” which follows a fictional character based on former real-life Homer resident David Hannum.

Press play below for a conversation filled with Homer history:


In addition to the interview, Mr. Hartsock showed us with some special audio recordings from the 1940’s containing snippets of the nationally-aired NBC radio soap opera. There are also audio clips of Homer residents reminiscing about the real-life David Hannum and the impact the novel made on them and the country.

Press play on each clip below and enjoy:

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