Combined Academic Publishers

Alabama's Frontiers and the Rise of the Old South

9780253031525: Hardback
Release Date: 28th November 2017

9780253027276: Paperback
Release Date: 28th November 2017

5 b&w illus., 4 maps

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 288

Series A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier

Indiana University Press

Alabama's Frontiers and the Rise of the Old South

Hardback / £46.00
Paperback / £26.99

Alabama endured warfare, slave trading, squatting, and speculating on its path to becoming America’s 22nd state, and Daniel S. Dupre brings its captivating frontier history to life in Alabama's Frontiers and the Rise of the Old South. Dupre’s vivid narrative begins when Hernando de Soto first led hundreds of armed Europeans into the region during the fall of 1540. Although this early invasion was defeated, Spain, France, and England would each vie for control over the area’s natural resources, struggling to conquer it with the same intensity and ferocity that the Native Americans showed in defending their homeland. Although early frontiersmen and Native Americans eventually established an uneasy truce, the region spiraled back into war in the nineteenth century, as the newly formed American nation demanded more and more land for settlers. Dupre captures the riveting saga of the forgotten struggles and savagery in Alabama’s—and America’s—frontier days.

Part One: Beginnings
1. La Florida and the Center of the World
2. The Indians’ Frontier
Part Two: The Imperial Frontier
3. The Birth of the Creeks
4. Trade and the Search for Order
Part Three: The Settlers’ Frontier
5. Ordering Alabama’s Frontier
6. Settlements and Transformations
7. The Creek War
8. The Cotton Frontier

Daniel S. Dupre is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and author of Transforming the Cotton Frontier: Madison County, Alabama, 1800–1840.