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The Price they Paid: Desegregation in an African American Community
This book chronicles the transition from segregated schools to integrated schools in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
James T. Rapier and Reconstruction
This book examines the life of James T. Rapier, who was born in Florence, Alabama and moved to Canada where he received an education. Rapier returned to Alabama after the Civil War and became active in politics. In 1872, he was elected to the House…
"SOME ASPECTS OF SLAVERY IN THE MUSCLE SHOALS AREA"
This is an article about slavery in the Shoals area.
"SELF-EMANCIPATION – JOHN BURTWELL"
This is a link to an account of the escape of John Burtwell, who was a slave of steamboat captain and Florence, Alabama resident John Trumball Burtwell.
"A Call to Assembly: The Autobiography of a Musical Storyteller"
This book is Willie Ruff's autobiography, and describes his early life in Sheffield, Alabama, his education at Yale University, and his teaching career at Yale.
Father of the Blues: An Autobiography
This book is an autobiography of W.C. Handy.
Blacks in Blue and Gray: Afro-American Service in the Civil War
This book discusses the role of African Americans in both the United States Army and the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
Neither Carpetbaggers Nor Scalawags: Black Officeholders During the Reconstruction of Alabama, 1867-1878, Second Edition.
A great book by native Alabamian Prof. Richard Bailey, who has lectured several times in Florence, on black officeholders such as Florence native and Republican Congressman (1873-1875) James T. Rapier (1838-1883) during Reconstruction in Alabama. …
Loyalty and Loss: Alabama's Unionists in the Civil War and Reconstruction
A ground-braking and fascinating study on pro-Union sentiment in Alabama before, during and after the Civil War. Storey's book goes a long way towards disproving the myth that all or most Alabamians were eager secessionists and die-hard Confederates.…
Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery and the President's War Powers
An examination of 16th US President Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves in 1863, and US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the Dred Scott Decision in 1857 denying the slaves Dred and Harriet Scott their freedom.