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Alabama Bookshelf

Alabama’s history, culture, geography, and natural environment are covered in a wide selection of books.
Here are a few we think you will enjoy. Several of the authors listed have written entries for the Encyclopedia of Alabama. These publications are available for purchase. Click on the image for an expanded description and information on how to order from the publisher. We also encourage you to visit your local library and bookstore.


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Alabama Heritage Magazine
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Alabama Heritage is an award-winning, quarterly, print magazine. Each issue explores Alabama's history and culture with lively, colorful articles about the fascinating people, places and events that helped shape Alabama and the South...

Footprints in Stone
by Ronald J. Buta and David C. Kopaska-Merkel

The Steven C. Minkin (Union Chapel) Paleozoic Footprint Site ranks among the most important fossil sites in the world today, and Footprints in Stone recounts the accidental revelation of its existence and detailed findings about its fossil record...

Letters from Alabama
by Philip Henry Gosse

This new and improved edition of Letters from Alabama offers a valuable window into pioneer Alabama and the landscape and life-forms encountered by early settlers of the state. Edited by Gary R. Mullen and Taylor D. Littleton, this authoritative...

Alabama's Civil Rights Trail
by Frye Gaillard

No other state has embraced and preserved its civil rights history more thoroughly than Alabama. Nor is there a place where that history is richer. Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail tells of Alabama’s great civil rights events, as well as its lesser-known moments....

Exploring Wild Alabama
by Kenneth M. Wills and L. J. Davenport

Exploring Wild Alabama is an exceptionally detailed guide to the most beautiful natural destinations in the state. From the rocky outcrops of the Appalachian plateaus to the sugar-white beaches....

Tohopeka
by Kathryn E. Holland Braund

Tohopeka contains a variety of perspectives and uses a wide array of evidence and approaches, from scrutiny of cultural and religious practices to literary and linguistic analysis, to illuminate this troubled period...

The Works of Matthew Blue, Montgomery's First Historian
by Mary Ann Neeley

The 1878 City Directory of Montgomery, Alabama, included “A Brief History of Montgomery,” consisting of a “narrative” and a series of events arranged by the months. Compiled by Matthew....

My Journey: A Memoir of the First African American to Preside Over the Alabama Board of Education
by Ethel Hall

In this wise, introspective, and touching memoir, Dr. Ethel Hall recounts the little "journeys" throughout her life which prepared her to become the first African American woman....

Respectable and Disreputable
by Jeffrey 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, and voluntary....

Once a Fighter Pilot
by Warren A. Trest

In January of 2000, fifty-plus years after the Korean War ended, Lt. Gen. Charles G. “Chick” Cleveland received a phone call. The Secretary of the Air Force’s representative had signed the paper making him an Ace, the fortieth Fighter Jet....

Druid City: Snapshots of Growing Up in the Segregated South
by David T. Warner

David Warner takes readers on an impressionistic journey back in time, back to the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, of his childhood. Nostalgic without being sentimental, these vignettes of growing up and losing....

Searching for Freedom after the Civil War
by Guy W. Hubbs

In Searching for Freedom after the Civil War: Klansman, Carpetbagger, Scalawag, and Freedman, G. Ward Hubbs uses a stark and iconic political cartoon to illuminate postwar conflicts over the meaning of freedom in the American South...