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The Old Federal Road in Alabama: An Illustrated Guide (Alabama The Forge of History)

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 13 Aug 2019
A concise illustrated guidebook for those wishing to explore and know more about the storied gateway that made possible Alabama's development

Forged through the territory of the Creek Nation by the United States federal government, the Federal Road was developed as a communication artery linking the east coast of the United States with Louisiana. Its creation amplified already tense relationships between the government, settlers, and the Creek Nation, culminating in the devastating Creek War of 1813-1814, and thereafter it became the primary avenue of immigration for thousands of Alabama settlers.

Central to understanding Alabama's territorial and early statehood years, the Federal Road was both a physical and symbolic thoroughfare that cut a swath of shattering change through the land and cultures it traversed. The road revolutionized Alabama's expansion, altering the course of its development by playing a significant role in sparking a cataclysmic war, facilitating unprecedented American immigration, and enabling an associated radical transformation of the land itself.

The first half of The Old Federal Road in Alabama: An Illustrated Guide offers a narrative history that includes brief accounts of the construction of the road, the experiences of historic travelers, and descriptions of major changes to the road over time. The authors vividly reconstruct the course of the road in detail and make use of a wealth of well-chosen illustrations. Along the way they give attention to the very terrain it traversed, bringing to life what traveling the road must have been like and illuminating its story in a way few others have ever attempted.

The second half of the volume is divided into three parts--Eastern, Central, and Southern--and serves as a modern traveler's guide to the Federal Road. This section includes driving tours and maps, highlighting historical sites and surviving portions of the old road and how to visit them.

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ISBN-13: 9780817359300
ISBN-10: 0817359303
Pagini: 176
Ilustrații: 47 color figures - 30 B&W figures - 7 maps
Dimensiuni: 156 x 235 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.57 kg
Ediția: First Edition
Editura: University Of Alabama Press
Colecția University Alabama Press
Seria Alabama The Forge of History


List of Illustrations
Part I. The Old Federal Road: A History
Introduction: Opening the Federal Road
Chapter 1. Early Paths and Roads
Chapter 2. Building a Federal Road
Chapter 3. From War to Statehood
Chapter 4. Traveling the Federal Road
Chapter 5. Taverns and Stage Stops
Chapter 6. The Changing Physical and Cultural Landscape
Concluding Reflections on the Federal Road
Part II. Touring on the Old Federal Road in Alabama
Introduction: A Modern Traveler's Guide to the Old Federal Road in Alabama
Section One: Eastern Segment
     Driving Tour: Fort Mitchell to Tuskegee
          Sites and Places to Visit
Section Two: Central Segment
     Driving Tour: Tuskegee to Mount Meigs
          Sites and Places to Visit
     Driving Tour: Waugh to Shorter
     Driving Tour: Montgomery to Pintlala
     Driving Tour: Pintlala to Fort Dale to Greenville
          Sites and Places to Visit
Section Three: Southern Segment
     Driving Tour: Monroe and Conecuh Counties
          Sites and Places to Visit
     Driving Tour: Monroeville to Fort Claiborne
          Sites and Places to Visit
     Driving Tour: Mobile to Fort Stoddert
          Sites and Places to Visit
     Driving Tour: Creek War Sites
          Sites and Places to Visit
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