Both James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy are fervent advocates of individual freedom. Born in Copiah County, Mississippi, the writers often use their Southern heritage as inspiration for their work. Their first book, The South Was Right!, has become the quintessential volume for describing the social and political impact of the Civil War on the Confederacy and the U.S. Constitution, along with its modern repercussions. Why Not Freedom? is a carefully stated and well-documented volume that takes up where the first book left off. It explains the wide-reaching effects of the loss of states' rights and, consequently, individual rights in America.
Descendants of Civil War veterans, they have held posts with the Sons of Confederate Veterans for several years. Through this organization they have been able to meet with other descendants who share their philosophy of states' rights and helped them to obtain many of the photos and documents used in their first book. They continue to play an active role in the organization.
The brothers are recipients of the Distinguished Service Medal of the National Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), the Governor Thomas Overton Moore Award from SCVâ€™s Louisiana Division, and the Southern Heritage Award from the Southern Heritage Society. In addition, they have been honored with numerous other awards for their efforts in defending the traditional view of the South and American liberty.
Outside of their affiliations, the brothers maintain separate careers. Ron is the director of risk management for a Louisiana insurance company. Don is a registered respiratory therapist and a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Ron has four children, including the fourth direct generation of twins, and lives with his wife in Mandeville, Louisiana. Don is a father of four and resides in Simsboro, Louisiana.