By Harvey H. Jackson

An affectionate, irreverent, candid examine the "Heart of Dixie."

This ebook tells Alabama's background in a conversational type with an unapolo-getically subjective strategy. obtainable to basic readers and scholars alike, it recounts the historical past and politics of a kingdom recognized for its colourful earlier, informed by way of one of many state's such a lot famous historians and educators, whose kin got here to the territory sooner than statehood. a local and resident Alabamian, Harvey Jackson has spent a life-time learning and attempting to comprehend his kingdom. Expressing deep love for its humans and tradition, he's no much less serious of its shortcomings.

Inside Alabama, because the name implies, supplies Jackson's insider's standpoint at the occasions and prerequisites that formed modern day Alabama. With humor and candor, he explores the state's cultural, political, and fiscal improvement from prehistoric occasions to the dawning of the recent millennium. Mound-builders, Hernando de Soto, William Bartram, purple Sticks, Andy Jackson, Bourbon Democrats, suffragettes, New buyers, Hugo Black, Martin Luther King Jr., George Wallace, Rosa Parks all play colourful components during this renowned historical past. by means of concentrating on kingdom politics because the such a lot obtainable and tangible expression of those shaping forces, Jackson organizes the fourteen chapters chronologically, artfully explaining why the prior is so very important today.

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The Choctaws took their revenge and reward, and soon Creek scalps were displayed in villages throughout the Choctaw nation. The Americans got their reward as well. Arriving in St. Stephens, the victorious army was greeted with a celebration and a parade featuring a tune, “Claiborne’s Victory,” written just for the occasion. All across lower Alabama settlers came out of their forts and returned to their farms. Claiborne had beaten the Creeks in the south. Now, they wondered, could Jackson do the same in the north?

There were no other survivors. Sarah Merrill and her son both lived long lives, and it is told how she would sit with her grandchildren, tell them of the massacre, and if they asked, pull back her bonnet to show them the scar. Then the Americans struck back. In October General Claiborne, coming from the west, crossed the Tombigbee at St. Stephens with an army raised to punish the Red Sticks. With him was Sam Dale. Forty-one years old, “Big Sam,” according to contemporaries, stood above six feet, his 190 pounds spread over “a large, muscular frame .

The Creek nation would be a nation indeed, and Alexander McGillivray would be its leader. But things didn’t work out that way. Seldom a well man, McGillivray ignored “an habitual Head-Ache and Cholic” to continue his intrigues against the Americans, and that move proved his undoing. It was cold and raining in early 1793, when he went to Pensacola to discuss American encroachments. McGillivray was already sick, and his condition worsened. Shortly after he arrived, he died. That was just ¤ne as far as the Americans, Georgians mostly, were concerned.

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