Alabama Women

Their Lives and Times

Title Details

Pages: 378

Illustrations: 19 b&w images

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 06/01/2017

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5079-0

List Price: $34.95


Pub Date: 06/01/2017

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5078-3

List Price: $89.95

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Published with the generous support of Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies

Alabama Women

Their Lives and Times

Life-and-times histories of women from Alabama

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Another addition to the Southern Women series, Alabama Women celebrates women’s histories in the Yellowhammer State by highlighting the lives and contributions of women and enriching our understanding of the past and present. Exploring such subjects as politics, arts, and civic organizations, this collection of eighteen biographical essays provides a window into the social, cultural, and geographic milieux of women’s lives in Alabama.

Featured individuals include Augusta Evans Wilson, Maria Fearing, Julia S. Tutwiler, Margaret Murray Washington, Pattie Ruffner Jacobs, Ida E. Brandon Mathis, Ruby Pickens Tartt, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, Sara Martin Mayfield, Bess Bolden Walcott, Virginia Foster Durr, Rosa Parks, Lurleen Burns Wallace, Margaret Charles Smith, and Harper Lee.

-Nancy Grisham Anderson on Harper Lee
-Harriet E. Amos Doss on the enslaved women surgical patients of J. Marion Sims
-Wayne Flynt and Marlene Hunt Rikard on Pattie Ruffner Jacobs
-Caroline Gebhard on Bess Bolden Walcott
-Staci Simon Glover on the immigrant women in metropolitan Birmingham
-Sharony Green on the Townsend Family
-Sheena Harris on Margaret Murray Washington
-Christopher D. Haveman on the women of the Creek Removal Era
-Kimberly D. Hill on Maria Fearing
-Tina Naremore Jones on Ruby Pickens Tartt
-Jenny M. Luke on Margaret Charles Smith
-Rebecca Cawood McIntyre on Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and Sara Martin Mayfield
-Rebecca S. Montgomery on Ida E. Brandon Mathis
-Paul M. Pruitt Jr. on Julia S. Tutwiler
-Susan E. Reynolds on Augusta Evans Wilson
-Patricia Sullivan on Virginia Foster Durr
-Jeanne Theoharis on Rosa Parks
-Susan Youngblood Ashmore on Lurleen Burns Wallace

Alabama Women: Their Lives and Times is a wonderful first step in celebrating Alabama women’s experiences and their impact on the history of the Yellowhammer State and beyond. Written in a style that easily appeals to the casual reader as well as scholars, this collection does what the editors set out to do. It ‘provides new understandings for historians, to entertain and enlighten readers interested in the history of the state, and finally to provide knowledge about the lives and efforts of women across the state that teachers can bring into their classrooms’ (7).

—Jennifer Gross, The Alabama Review


James B. Sulzby Award, Alabama Historical Association

Christopher D. Haveman

Susan E. Reynolds

Sharony Green

Harriet E. Amos Doss

Kimberly D. Hill

Paul Pruitt

Sheena Harris

Wayne Flynt

Rebecca S. Montgomery

Rebecca McIntyre

Tina Naremore Jones

Caroline Gebhard

Staci Simon Glover

Patricia A. Sullivan

Jeanne Theoharis

Susan Youngblood Ashmore

Nancy Grisham Anderson

Marlene Hunt Rikard

Jenny Luke

About the Author/Editor

Lisa Lindquist Dorr (Editor)
LISA LINDQUIST DORR is an associate professor of history and the associate dean for social sciences at the University of Alabama. She is the author of White Women, Rape, and the Power of Race in Virginia, 1900–1960.

Susan Youngblood Ashmore (Editor)
SUSAN YOUNGBLOOD ASHMORE is a professor of history at Oxford College of Emory University. She is the author of Carry It On: The War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, 1964-1972.