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Nativism and Slavery: The Northern No-Nothings & the Politics of the 1850s.
“Know-Nothing” was the nickname given to the Native American Party, which was comprised of native-born white Protestant Americans who feared America was being overrun by German and Irish Roman Catholic immigrants whose chief allegiance was to the…
A Look at Mt. Zion
A History of Mt. Zion AME Church of Lauderdale County, AL compiled by member Mrs. Anita Cobb.
Ku Klux: The Birth of the Klan During Reconstruction
The first in-depth, critical study of the Klan's origins since the 1970s, Ku Klux traces the Klan's origins to a group of six bored ex-Confederates in Pulaski, Tennessee in May or June of 1866, who wished to establish a secret society similar to the…
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 Alabamians were eager secessionists and die-hard Confederates. On the…
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.
When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War
A history of the formation of the Republican Party in Wisconsin in 1854, its campaign on behalf of abolition in Kansas, and its actions during the Civil War, focusing in particular on the Radical Republicans like Charles Sumner, Salmon P. Chase, Lucy…
1860 Lauderdale County Slave Schedule
This is a link to a site with a listing of transcribed names of slaveholders in Lauderdale County, Alabama in 1860.
1850 Lauderdale County Slave Schedule
This is a link to a site with a listing of transcribed names of slaveholders in Lauderdale County, Alabama in 1850.
Temperance and Racism: John Bull, Johnny Reb, and the Good Templars
Florence historian Lee Freeman notes: "Founded in 1851 in Upstate New York, the Independent Order of Good Templars (IOGT) was an international Evangelical Protestant fraternal order open to men and women dedicated to temperance and while the lodge…