is a teacher, author, and artist in Orange County, California. He majored in American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and went on to earn his master's degree in the same field at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
His thesis there was later expanded into a full-length biography and published as Unsung Hero of the Great War: The Life and Witness of Ben Salmon (Paulist Press, 1989), Winner of the 1990 Pax Christi USA Book Award.
Mr. Finney earned his California Teacher Credential in Social Science from the University of La Verne. He has taught a wide variety of subjects over the course of his career, from history and economics to theology and comparative religions.
He spent six years as an adjunct history instructor at Bakersfield College, coached an after-school drama club for inner-city middle school students, and served as the modern world and U.S. history teacher in an interdisciplinary Digital Arts and Humanities Program at Fullerton Union High School.
He recently completed the illustrated memoir From Oberlin to Appomattox: The Civil War Journals of James Allen Davis, based on his many years of participation in battle reenactments across the United States as a Harper's Weekly special artist/correspondent.
Mr. Finney's portrayal of this character was the subject of feature articles in the Camp Chase Gazette, the Bakersfield Californian, the Civil War Courier, the Bivouac Banner, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as numerous documentary films.
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