The Works of Matthew Blue: Montgomery's First Historian

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NewSouth Books, 2010 - History - 459 pages
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The 1878 City Directory of Montgomery, Alabama, included "A Brief History of Montgomery," consisting of a "narrative" and a series of events arranged by the months. Compiled by Matthew Powers Blue, this was the earliest history of a place which already served as the center of Deep South cotton culture and as the first capital of the Confederacy. Contemporary historian Mary Ann Neeley has annotated Blue's history to correct errors and clear up inconsistencies, and added other material on early churches, a genealogy of the colorful Blue family, and a Civil War diary by Blue's sister, Ellen. The book also includes many 19th century photographs.
 

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Contents

Matthew Powers Blue
3
Blues History of Montgomery
31
The Narrative
33
Events in the History of Montgomery
77
Churches of the City of Montgomery
247
The Churches
249
Genealogy of the Blue Family
313
History and Genealogy of the Blue Family
317
The 1865 Diary of Ellen Frances Blue
379
Diary Entries by Ellen Frances Blue
382
Selected Bibliography
423
Photo Sources
428
Index
431
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About the author (2010)

Mary Ann Neeley is a historian, preservationist, author, and former educator. She earned a degree in history at Huntingdon College and was a teacher before becoming director of the Landmarks Foundation. She has written and edited several books on local history.

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