By Kathryn Tucker Windham
First released in 1975 and lengthy out of print, this e-book is now reissued in a good-looking new version. Alabama is like one sizeable entrance porch the place fogeys assemble on summer time nights to inform stories. it is a sprawling porch stretching from the Tennessee River Valley to the sandy Gulf shores. during this publication, Mrs. Windham takes readers on a travel of the background, humans, and locations of the "heart of Dixie." The tales are alike of their unmistakable Southern mixture of exaggeration, humor, pathos, folklore, and romanticism with family members historical past woven in.
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An Indian legend promised strength and prosperity to people living near the spring for as long as its waters flowed. White settlers heard the legend from the Indians, and they talked and wondered about it. In later years, Montgomery's largest slave auctions were held on a platform constructed beside the spring, and on at least one occasion (1860), a book-burning to rid the town of "obscene reading matter" was held there. Titles of the burned books were not recorded. The spring was also the scene of celebrations of political victories.
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Alabama: one big front porch by Kathryn Tucker Windham