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Women of the Titanic Disaster

by Sylvia Caldwell & Julie Hedgepeth Williams

Sylvia Caldwell was onboard the Titanic when it sank in 1912. As one of the disaster's survivors, she took it upon herself to write an account of what happened in the event's aftermath. Women of the Titanic...


A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' Story of Survival

by Julie Hedgepeth Williams

Historian Julie Williams grew up hearing her great-uncle Albert Caldwell tell his harrowing story of surviving the Titanic disaster. Albert, his wife Sylvia, and their ten-month-old son Alden, are among the...


Eleven Myths About the Tuskegee Airmen

by Daniel Haulman

The members of the 332d Fighter Group and the 99th, 100th, 301st, and 302d Fighter Squadrons during World War II are remembered in part because they were the only African American pilots who served in combat...


Thirty Years a Slave: From Bondage to Freedom

by Louis Hughes

Louis Hughes was born a slave in Virginia and at age 12 was sold away from his mother, whom he never saw again. After a few interim owners, he was sold to a wealthy slaveowner who had a home near Memphis and...


No Hill Too High for a Stepper: Memories of Montevallo, Alabama

by Mike Mahan & Norman McMillan

Born during the Great Depression, Mike Mahan was in many ways a very lucky boy. His parents, a barber and a beautician, owned their own shop and home, always providing ample food, clothing, and warmth. No Hill...


From Brooklyn to the Olympics: The Hall of Fame Career of Auburn University Track Coach Mel Rosen

by Craig Darch & Harvey Glance

From Brooklyn to the Olympics follows Mel Rosen from the streets of Brooklyn during the 1930s-'40s to his selection as head coach for United States track and field for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. The...


The Chairman: The Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer

by Peter Golenbock

The Chairman, a Shakespearean tale of friendship and betrayal that rivals that of Hamlet, is the harrowing story of Jim Greer, a man loyal to a fault to Florida Governor Charlie Crist, his benefactor. Greer...


Forever Blue: The Memoirs of a Lanier High School and University of Kentucky Football Coach

by Willie G. Moseley, Bill Moseley & Bart Starr

They still call him "Coach." Bill Moseley closed out his career as a football player and coach almost 60 years ago, but his former players still call him "Coach," because his mentorship has meant that much to...


Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music

by Frye Gaillard

Originally published in 1978, Watermelon Wine received honest, unsentimental examination of the compassion as well as the passion behind authentic country music. A quarter-century later, the essays in the book...


Music Fell on Alabama

by C.S. Fuqua

Music Fell on Alabama is the story of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music industry, which began with Rick Hall's single Fame Studios and exploded to turn the Shoals into a thriving music hot spot. Competition...


The Path Was Steep: A Memoir of Appalachian Coal Camps During the Great Depression

by Suzanne Pickett & Norman McMillan

Sue Pickett was a coal miner's daughter who became a coal miner's wife and witnessed and lived through the turbulent years of the Great Depression and the sometimes violent struggles between labor unions and...


Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot

by Larry Greenly

Pioneering black aviator Eugene Bullard, descended from slaves, became the world's first black fighter pilot, though he was barred from serving the United States because of the color of his skin. Growing up...


Dixie Redux: Essays in Honor of Sheldon Hackney

by Raymond Arsenault & Orville Vernon Burton

Dixie Redux: Essays in Honor of Sheldon Hackney brings together essays by some of the nation's most distinguished Southern historians. Each contributor has a personal as well as professional connection to Sheldon...


The Politics of Presidential Appointment: A Memoir of the Culture War

by Sheldon Hackney

Historian and former university president Sheldon Hackney recounts how he became an unwitting combatant in the Culture Wars when his nomination to become President Bill Clinton's chairman of the National Endowment...


Emigration to Liberia: From the Chattahoochee Valley of Georgia and Alabama, 1853-1903

by Matthew F. K. McDaniel

Between 1853 and 1903, some 500 African Americans left the Chattahoochee Valley of Georgia and Alabama to start new lives in the West African Republic of Liberia. Most of the emigrants departed for Liberia during...


Sailing to Alluvium

by John Pritchard

In their third adventure, Junior Ray and his sidekick Voyd Mudd have become "diktectives" to stop the murderous activities of a semi-secret, lethal organization of Southern women, the Aunty Belles, headed by...


Attacking Myasthenia Gravis: A Key in the Battle Against Autoimmune Diseases

by Ronald Henderson

Using his insight as a longtime physician, Dr. Ron Henderson describes the productive life he lives despite having a rare autoimmune disease known as myasthenia gravis (MG). He also provides a forum for three...


Respectable and Disreputable: Leisure Time in Antebellum Montgomery

by Jeffrey C. Benton

Respectable and Disreputable describes how Montgomerians spent their increasing leisure time during the four decades preceding the Civil War. Everyday activities included gambling, drinking, sporting, hunting,...


The Freedom Rides and Alabama: A Guide to Key Events and Places, Context, and Impact

by Noelle Matteson & Arlam Carr Jr.

This concise guidebook gives a brief overview of the 1961 Freedom Rides, a crucial moment in American history in which an interracial group traveled across the South to protest segregated transportation. The...


Mattie C.'s Boy: The Shelley Stewart Story

by Don Keith

Shelley Stewart was five years old when he and his brothers watched in horror as their father murdered their mother with an ax. Homeless at the age of six, Stewart found what shelter he could, suffering physical...