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.
Visually stunning and written in a lively, engaging style, this book is a grand tour through early Alabama’s tumultuous formative years which casual readers and scholars alike will enjoy. Without doubt, one of the most entertaining contributions to Alabama’s bicentennial celebration.
—Blakeley State Park, author of Early Alabama: An Illustrated Guide to the Formative Years, 1798-1826
Alabama from Territory to Statehood
is a gift to the state during this bicentennial year. It presents a wealth of information about a pivotal but perhaps too little known period in our history. The essays, contributed by our best scholars, offer insight into the times, the people, and the places that have so much to do with what Alabama is today. The book is not only important to have now, but it is also a treasure for generations to come. Thank you to Alabama Heritage and to NewSouth Books for bringing our history to life and helping us better understand and appreciate our origins as a state.
—Jay Lamar, executive director, Alabama Bicentennial Commission
For decades Alabama Heritage been a leader in providing high-quality information about the history of our state, served up in a visually rich and appealing magazine format. Publication of a book based on its twin issues devoted to Alabama’s territorial history leading up to statehood is great news indeed. Here is the stuff that will make good citizens of our people, citizens better prepared to understand the principles of our constitutional republic and participate in the democratic process. Every Alabama home should have a copy of this beautiful and important new volume.
—Leah Rawls Atkins, Director Emerita, Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, Auburn University
Since its inception, Alabama Heritage
magazine has brilliantly fused layout, color, design, photography, thorough research, and solid writing to provide a great banquet for the mind and spirit of anyone who cares about this wonderful state. Capturing the essence of everything Alabama without pandering to our pride or overemphasizing our warts, the articles by some of the finest Alabama historians and experts in the subjects discussed have whetted our appetite for more in short, pithy, readable prose. If I had to list only one source for ordinary citizens interested in the state, Alabama Heritage would be my selection. Now, Alabama's bicentennial gives the magazine’s editors the opportunity for a concentrated case study, the first in the magazine's history, devoting two issues to articles dealing in one way or another with the origin of our place, past, and people. In book form for the first time, a magnificent feast has been set before us.
—Wayne Flynt, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Auburn University
Alabama from Territory to Statehood
constitutes a concise but comprehensive primer in state history. Early settlements, land surveys, and border disputes characterized the early stages. Writing a constitution, building a capital, and petitioning for statehood defined the transition from territory to state. Archeological finds, traditional foods, and architectural gems highlight the foundations of Alabama culture. As this bicentennial volume commemorates both the good and the bad of past events, it also generates excitement and inspiration for a promising future.
—James Sanders Day, author of Diamonds in the Rough: A History of Alabama’s Cahaba Coal Field
Our state’s rich history is handsomely reflected in Alabama from TerrItory to Statehood
. The brilliant team at Alabama Heritage magazine curated hundreds of engravings, portraits, maps and photographs to bring our history alive as never before. This book is a must for the Southern history shelf in every home library in the state.
—Lee Sentell, Alabama Tourism Director