Orig. pub. Birmingham 1900. Reprinted 1975, 1988. Print on Demand Edition 2013. 773 pp., illus., index. Item #87
Pickett's history, one of the most valuable works on the history of the Southern country, is an account of the territory of Alabama prior to its admission as a state with later chapters containing many biographical sketches of men prominent in the later developments of the commonwealth. The Annals by Owen, historical facts in outline fashion, continue that history from statehood in 1819 to 1900. Alabama was settled by the Spanish, French, and British during the colonial period. These early settlers immediately encountered native Indians and one of the strengths of this work is its treatment of the Indians of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana including the Mobilians, Chatots, Thomez, Tensas, Chocktaws, Chickasaws, Cherokees, and others. Chapters deal with the French and Spanish in Alabama and Mississippi; the establishment of the Louisiana Territory; the Jesuit presence in Louisiana; conflicts between the European rivals and conflicts between the settlers and the Indians; the French and Indian War; Alabama in the Revolutionary War; the Yazoo Land Sales; establishment of the Alabama Territory; and ultimately statehood. The Annals takes the volume to the end of the 19th century.