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A list of key readings about Alabama, history.
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Pre 1900

  • Abernethy, Thomas Perkins The Formative Period in Alabama, 1815-1828. reprint 1965.
  • Barney, William L. The Secessionist Impulse: Alabama and Mississippi in 1860. 1974.
  • Bethel, Elizabeth . "The Freedmen's Bureau in Alabama," Journal of Southern History Vol. 14, No. 1, Feb., 1948 pp. 49-92 [online at JSTOR]
  • Bond, Horace Mann. “Social and Economic Forces in Alabama Reconstruction.” Journal of Negro History 23 (1938): 29 online at JSTOR
  • Dupre, Daniel. "Ambivalent Capitalists on the Cotton Frontier: Settlement and Development in the Tennessee Valley of Alabama." Journal of Southern History 56 (May 1990): 215-40. Online at JSTOR
  • Fitzgerald, Michael R. Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile, 1860–1890. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2002. 301 pp. ISBN 0-8071-2837-6.)
  • Fitzgerald, Michael R. "Radical Republicanism and the White Yeomanry During Alabama Reconstruction, 1865-1868." Journal of Southern History 54 ( November 1988): 565-96. Online at JSTOR
  • Fleming, Walter L. Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama 1905. the most detailed study; Dunning School
  • Going Allen J. Bourbon Democracy in Alabama, 1874-1890. 1951.
  • Hamilton, Peter Joseph. The Reconstruction Period (1906), full length history of era; Dunning School approach; 570 pp; ch 12 on Alabama
  • Jordan, Weymouth T. Ante-Bellum Alabama: Town and Country. 1957.
  • Kolchin, Peter. First Freedom: The Response of Alabama Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction. 1972.
  • McWhiney, Grady. "Were the Whigs a Class Party in Alabama?" Journal of Southern History 23 (1957): 510-22. Online at JSTOR
  • Rogers William Warren. The One-Gallused Rebellion; Agrarianism in Alabama, 1865-1896 1970.
  • Sellers, James B. Slavery in Alabama 1950.
  • Sterkx, Henry Eugene. Partners in Rebellion: Alabama Women in the Civil War 1970.
  • Thornton, J. Mills III. Politics and Power in a Slave Society: Alabama, 1800-1860 1978.
  • Wiener, Jonathan M. Social Origins of the New South; Alabama, 1860-1885. 1978.
  • Wiggins, Sarah Woolfolk. The Scalawag in Alabama Politics, 1865-1881 (1991)
  • Wiggins, Sarah Woolfolk. "Alabama: Democratic Bulldozing and Republican Folly." in Reconstruction and Redemption in the South, edited by Otto H. Olson. 1980.

Since 1900

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