upw-logo-yellow-800pxTo celebrate history day on University Press Week 2018 blog tour, we are highlighting Alabama’s bicentennial year—a three-year celebration of the people, places, and events that form our rich history.

Formed as a territory on March 3, 1817, Alabama became the nation’s twenty-second state on December 14, 1819. In celebration of this occasion, University of Alabama Press has collaborated with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission to publish a series of books commemorating the stories of Alabama’s people, place, and path to statehood.

Below is a roundup of titles, available and forthcoming, celebrating 200 years of Alabama statehood:

The History of a Deep South State, Bicentennial Edition

William Warren Rogers, Robert David Ward, Leah Rawls Atkins, and Wayne Flynt

A new and up-to-date edition of Alabama’s history to celebrate the state’s bicentennial

The Making of an American State

Edwin C. Bridges

A thorough, accessible, and heavily illustrated history of Alabama from its geological origins to the early twenty-first century, this book offers a vital new narrative of the history, culture, and identity of the state


Jkt_Lewis_mktgAlabama Founders
Fourteen Political and Military Leaders Who Shaped the State

Herbert James Lewis

A biographical history of the forefathers who shaped the identity of Alabama politically, legally, economically, militarily, and geographically

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Alabama in the Civil War

John S. Sledge

An accessibly written and riveting narrative of Alabama’s role in the Civil War


Cvr_Wills&Davenport_mktgExploring Wild Alabama
A Guide to the State’s Publicly Accessible Natural Areas
Kenneth M. Wills and L. J. Davenport

A comprehensive guide to Alabama’s publicly accessible natural destinations



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200 Years of Art and Artists
Edited by Elliot A. Knight
Available Spring 2019

A visually rich survey of two hundred years of Alabama fine arts and artists

The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods
Emily Blejwas
Available Spring 2019

Alabama’s history and culture revealed through fourteen iconic foods, dishes, and beverages

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200 Years in the Making
G. Ward Hubbs
Available in January

A lavishly illustrated history of this distinctive city’s origins as a settlement on the banks of the Black Warrior River to its development into a thriving nexus of higher education, sports, and culture

Cvr_Braund_mktgThe Old Federal Road in Alabama
An Illustrated Guide
Kathryn H. Braund, Gregory A. Waselkov, and Raven M. Christopher
Available Spring 2019

A concise illustrated guidebook for those wishing to explore and know more about the storied gateway that made possible Alabama’s development


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An Illustrated Guide to the Formative Years, 1798–1826
Mike Bunn
Available Spring 2019

An illustrated guidebook documenting the history and sites of the state’s origins



Be sure to check in with the other University Presses posting on politics today as part of the UPWeek blog tour:

Wilfrid Laurier University Press: Nil Santiáñez, author of the recently-published Wittgenstein’s Ethics and Modern Warfare, explores how the Great War impacted Wittgenstein’s philosophy. The post celebrates the centenary of the Armistice of 1918 and focuses on the book’s main topics.

University of California Press: The Western Woman Voter: The Women’s Suffrage Movement, Through the Perspective of the West – an excerpt taken from Shaped by the West, Volume 2: A History of North America from 1850 by William Deverell & Anne F. Hyde

University of Nebraska Press: Jon K. Lauck, adjunct professor of history and political science at the University of South Dakota and the author of numerous books, will discuss the importance of Midwestern history.

Rutgers University Press: A focus on acclaimed cultural historian H. Bruce Franklin’s new book Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War.

University of Rochester Press: An interview with the author of our new book An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South, which uncovers the role of African American women in the design and construction of schools in the post-Reconstruction South

Beacon Press: A looking at the Press’ ReVisioning American History and ReVisioning American History for Young Readers Series

University Press of Kansas: A discussion and celebration of the passion of military history readers by interviewing authors, critics and customer

Harvard Univerity Press: A look at the history of HUP publishing with Bruno Latour.

University of Georgia Press: A spotlight on a new series, Gender and Slavery, and its inaugural book, Sexuality and Slavery: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas. The series seeks to shed light on the gendered experience of enslavement including and beyond that of the United States.

University of Toronto Press: Editor Stephen Shapiro reflects on the vast range and the staying power of UTP’s publishing program in history.

MIT Press: A Q&A with our longtime editor Roger Conover (who is retiring next year) and one of his authors Craig Dworkin, about his history at the MIT Press.