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Praise for Pickett’s History of Alabama

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The republication of Pickett's History in a new edition that is updated, annotated, and indexed for the first time is significant and will be a welcome addition to many bookshelves. Thanks to James Pate for reintroducing us to Pickett's sturdy narrative of all that transpired in the centuries before Alabama became a state.
James P. Pate has edited and annotated an important new edition of Albert James Pickett’s History of Alabama. This classic, nineteenth-century text receives thoughtful comments and annotations in his careful hands. Pate clearly introduces and contextualizes Pickett’s decades-long labor of love. Pickett used Spanish, French, and Native sources to tell the multilingual, diverse, and contested histories of the region. This new edition reminds readers of the long, deep, and fascinating history of the American South.
With The Annotated Pickett's History of Alabama, Jim Pate invites modern readers to take a fresh look at a classic by Alabama's first historian, now illuminated by more than a century and a half of scholarship accomplished in Pickett's wake.
Pickett’s History of Alabama, first published in 1851, has remained a primary source for understanding about the early history of Alabama. For decades, libraries shelved their copies in their rare books collections, behind locked doors. With its republication by NewSouth Books — in a handsome fully annotated, indexed, and illustrated edition made possible by Dr. James Pate — the book is given magnificent second life. Everyone should have a copy of this important work, and now can
This new edition of Albert Pickett's History of Alabama is itself a historic event. Pickett's stories — many based on personal interviews — are now classic. They convey a sense of Alabama life before statehood no other book can match, rich with details. And Jim Pate’s excellent annotations help modern readers follow the narrative more easily. In nicely designed side notes, he identifies people and places that may no longer be familiar and also updates us on insights of historians today. We have needed an annotated History for a long time. This new edition fills that need beautifully.
In his History of Alabama, Albert James Pickett showed an unusual interest, for his time, in the intersections between colonists and the American Indians who inhabited what would become the state of Alabama. Pickett’s narrative is a crucial source for nineteenth-century understandings of those relations. Additionally, Pickett’s History includes some rare primary source material on Alabama’s Native people. We now, for the first time, have an annotated version of Pickett’s History. Historian James P. Pate offers a detailed introduction and careful, much-needed annotations that clarify, correct, contextualize, and amplify Pickett’s text. This version will supplant all others.
The first history of the state has been out of print more than a century — and is still worth reading, especially with the annotations James Pate gives us in the margins of Pickett’s original text. Pickett’s history is rich and exciting, if a bit romantic for modern tastes, but with Professor Pate’s annotations and a complete index it certainly rewards the 21st-century reader handsomely. Added to which, this book is physically beautiful in its design and layout
The Annotated Pickett’s History of Alabama, and Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, from the Earliest Period, is a history lover’s dream. What makes this new edition so valuable is that the editor, James Pate, pulled together other historical records and interviews in the annotated version of the book to dispute or explain portions of the history. The book's nearly 700 pages are jammed with historical references and footnotes in addition to the written history of stories and record.
James Pate has produced an extremely useful modern edition of Pickett’s History of Alabama, ensuring that the work will continue to shape knowledge of the state and the antebellum context in which Pickett wrote. Pate employs annotations — a most impressive and helpful feature of the volume — to discuss Pickett’s judgments and uses of source material as well as to identify modern scholarship on the Old Southwest that validates or challenges Pickett’s claims. Pate's knowledge of both the primary and secondary source literature is extensive. He has made Pickett’s grand narrative accessible to modern readers and useful for scholars of Alabama history and the history of the Old Southwest.
Already a grand tour of Alabama history, Pickett’s History of Alabama is now a more accurate one and an impressive accounting of some of the best scholarship on the state’s colonial, territorial, and early statehood years currently available.
James Pate's new annotated edition of Albert J. Pickett's History makes this Alabama classic accessible to a new generation of readers. The extensive annotations provide needed amendment and elucidation to Pickett's original narrative.