Alabama and the borderlands : from prehistory to statehood /
edited by R. Reid Badger and Lawrence A. Clayton.
University, Ala. : University of Alabama Press, c1985.
x, 250 p. : ill., maps.
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University, Ala. : University of Alabama Press, c1985.
general note
"A Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication."
Essays evolved from a symposium held at the University of Alabama, Sept. 1981, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.
Includes index.
Maps on lining papers.
catalogue key
Bibliography: p. 223-237.
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Appeared in Choice on 1985-12:
Consisting of 11 essays presented at a symposium celebrating the 150th anniversary of the University of Alabama, this work is a study of the often neglected US southeast with slight emphasis on Alabama. It is a scholarly collection, thoroughly documented and carefully arranged with a perceptive introduction, meaningful illustrations, and extensive bibliography. Although the essays are uneven in quality, they introduce readers to the latest research by archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians. Divided into three parts and arranged in chronological order, the book focuses at first on the Mississippian culture and the progress archaeologists have made in the study of these prehistoric societies. The second part is concerned with the DeSoto expedition and the progress modern scholars have made in locating his exact route and calculating his influence on the natives. The final section relates two attempts by the Spanish to extend their influence in Colonial North America. Two essays deplore the lack of attention given the southeastern borderlands by modern historians and call for recognition of their vital role in American and foreign history. College, university, and larger public libraries.-K.R. Johnson, University of North Alabama
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Born of a concern with Alabama's past and the need to explore and explain that legacy, this book brings together the nation's leading scholars on the prehistory and early history of Alabama and the southeastern U.S. Covering topics ranging from the Mississippian Period in archaeology and the de Soto expedition (and other early European explorations and settlements of Alabama) to the 1780 Siege of Mobile, this is a comprehensive and readable collection of scholarship on early Alabama.

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