Orig. pub. Selma, AL, 1879. Reprinted 1978. Print on Demand Edition 2017. xviii, 218 pp., new intro., new index. Item #158
This reprint edition of the first comprehensive history of Selma, Alabama, contains a new introduction to the work and its author and a new index. The history traces the development of the community "from one or two loghouses in 1815 to a populous and wealthy city in 1879." Selma was a center of commerce, the iron industry, and the slave trade and rendered important service to the Confederacy. Chapters concerning municipal government, railroads and manufacturing, churches and Sabbath schools, social organizations, Blacks, and biographical sketches of the founding and leading citizens of Selma are included. As founder and editor of the weekly newspaper, the Selma Sentinel, and mayor of the city from 1873 to 1875, Hardy had a full set of municipal records when he began his work. Most of those records have subsequently been lost or destroyed and his book preserves early incidents in the life of the town that would otherwise have been forgotten.