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Praise for Eugene Allen Smith's Alabama

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Students and faculty at the University of Alabama all know Smith Hall. Now Aileen Henderson’s commendable study, based mainly on Dr. Eugene Allen Smith’s field notebooks and letters, as well as newspapers of the era, will tell readers the full story of Alabama’s first state geologist.
Like Eugene Allen Smith, Aileen Henderson has done her state a service. Eugene Allen Smith's Alabama reintroduces a preeminent Alabamian who in his own time had a positive influence in shaping his native state and who left an enduring legacy of science and service.
Aileen Kilgore Henderson has done her research well and gives us a very engaging picture of one of Alabama’s most remarkable men. The reader comes away from this book feeling that Smith knew everyone and was universally respected for his intellectual drive and curiosity and his many talents. In many ways he was a Renaissance man, devoting his long life to his native state’s progress. Henderson’s book captures his active, adventurous and scholarly life. Smith would have enjoyed reading it, and so will anyone interested in Alabama.