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Inside Alabama, Inside Alabama, 0817350683, 0-8173-5068-3, 978-0-8173-5068-0, 9780817350680, , Fire Ant Books, Inside Alabama, 0817381996, 0-8173-8199-6, 978-0-8173-8199-8, 9780817381998, , Fire Ant Book

Inside Alabama
A Personal History of My State

Quality Paper
2004. 304 pp.
Price:  $29.95 t
E Book
2008. 304 pp.
Price:  $29.95 d

An affectionate, irreverent, candid look at the "Heart of Dixie"

This book tells Alabama’s history in a conversational style with an unapologetically subjective approach. Accessible to general readers and students alike, it recounts the history and politics of a state known for its colorful past, told by one of the state’s most noted historians and educators, whose family came to the territory before statehood. A native and resident Alabamian, Harvey Jackson has spent a lifetime discovering and trying to understand his state. Expressing deep love for its people and culture, he is no less critical of its shortcomings.

Inside Alabama, as the title implies, gives Jackson’s insider perspective on the events and conditions that shaped modern-day Alabama. With humor and candor, he explores the state’s cultural, political, and economic development from prehistoric times to the dawning of the new millennium. Mound-builders, Hernando de Soto, William Bartram, Red Sticks, Andy Jackson, Bourbon Democrats, suffragettes, New Dealers, Hugo Black, Martin Luther King Jr., George Wallace, Rosa Parks all play colorful parts in this popular history. By focusing on state politics as the most accessible and tangible expression of these shaping forces, Jackson organizes the fourteen chapters chronologically, artfully explaining why the past is so important today.
Harvey H. Jackson III is Professor and Chair of History and Foreign Languages at Jacksonville State University. He is author of several books, including Rivers of History: Life on the Coosa, Tallapoosa, Cahaba, and Alabama and Putting "Loafing Streams" to Work: The Building of Lay, Mitchell, Martin, and Jordan Dams, 1910-1929.
“Honest and entertaining . . . Jackson's idiosyncratic voice sets just the right tone for the general reader. . . . Here is one scholar who knows how to tell a good story, and readers will appreciate it.”
—Robert J. Jakeman, Auburn University
2006 Clinton Jackson Coley Award, sponsored by Alabama Historical Association

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