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Pickett’s History of Alabama
Historian Dr. James P. Pate will deliver a lunchtime talk about his new annotated edition of the important Pickett’s History of Alabama.
“The Annotated Pickett’s History of Alabama, and Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, from the Earliest Period” brings to general readers and scholars a significantly updated, expanded, more authoritative, and freshly indexed edition of one of the seminal works of early American history. First published in 1851, Pickett’s History has been an invaluable resource for scholars studying and writing about Southeastern Indians and the expansion of the young United States into what was known as the “Old Southwest,” the present-day states of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. This magnificent new edition of Pickett’s History is made possible by Dr. James P. Pate. Pate verified Pickett’s sources; elaborated on the persons, events, and places described; and enriched the work with historical detail unknown when Pickett was writing. The new edition, which carries an introduction by Dr. Pate, is presented in an attractive and readable wide format. Pickett’s original text and his own footnotes occupy the main part of the page, with annotations in boldface given in the margins. The result pays homage to a book that was described when it appeared nine years before the Civil War as “one of the prettiest specimens of bookmaking ever done in America.”
Dr. Pate is an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of West Alabama, where he served as professor, department chair, dean, and vice president of academic affairs over a period of 30 years.