Alabama from Territory to Statehood: An Alabama Heritage Bicentennial Collection

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Donna Cox Baker, Susan Reynolds, Elizabeth Wade
NewSouth Books, 2019 - History - 200 pages
Inspired by Alabama's bicentennial celebrations, Alabama from Territory to Statehood compiles the work of experts on the history of Alabama's formative years. In March 1817, the US legislature authorized the eventual split of the Mississippi Territory into a new State of Mississippi to the west and the Alabama Territory to the east. Over the next few years, Alabamians created the vision and laid the framework to create their own state, which formally entered the United States on December 14, 1819. Lavishly illustrated articles illuminate the state's prehistory, border disputes and land surveys, the land rush remembered as "Alabama Fever," early settlements and towns, architecture, foodways, the cultures and experience of Creeks and enslaved persons, and the legal and political creation of the State of Alabama. Conceived, written, edited, and designed for original publication in Alabama Heritage magazine, each article both stands alone and supports the larger work. The landscape, culture, and people of the time come to brilliant life in the rich maps, historical images and paintings, and photography of artifacts, documents, landscapes, and surviving structures. This collectible volume fills a substantial gap in the story of Alabama.

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About the author (2019)

Donna Cox Baker has a Ph.D. in history and has served as editor-in-chief of Alabama Heritage magazine since 2002. Throughout Alabama's bicentennial period, she was co-chair of the Statewide Initiatives Committee of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. She is the author of Views of the Future State: Afterlife Beliefs in the Deep South, 1820-1865 , publishes the "The Golden Egg Genealogist" blog, and is co-founder of the Beyond Kin Project, which encourages the genealogical documentation of enslaved populations.

Susan Reynolds is associate editor at Alabama Heritage . She earned a PhD and MA in English at the University of Alabama and has a master's in library science. Prior to working at Alabama Heritage , she was employed by Southern Living magazine and taught courses in the University of Alabama English department.

Elizabeth Wade is consulting editor for Alabama Heritage . She earned her PhD and MA in American Literature from the University of Alabama. She earned her bachelor's in English from Davidson College. In addition to Alabama Heritage , her work has appeared in such publications as the Oxford American , Kenyon Review , and others.

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