Clarke County Alabama and Its Surroundings from 1540 to 1877 – Editor’s Preface

My journey from first glance to completion of this project has reaffirmed my belief in the value of historical texts and reminded me that I have a self-imposed responsibility to preserve and pass on for future generations.

Clarke County and Its Surroundings From 1540 To 1877 – Chapter III

Front (west) and north side of Bethel Methodist Church on Old Line Road, northeast of Whatley, Alabama

THE MISSISSIPPI TERRITORY— 1798-1812
The American was beginning to place himself not only abreast of all the world, but in the lead, for all useful inventions and for daring enterprise and indomitable will. And over the belt of long-leaved pines a new era also dawns.

Clarke County Alabama and Its Surroundings from 1540 to 1877 – Chapter II

About Clarke County, Alabama and Its Surroundings, 1540-1877
SPANISH, FRENCH AND ENGLISH RESIDENTS

Clarke County Alabama and Its Surroundings from 1540 to 1877 – Introduction

Students, faculty, and staff at the South Alabama Institute in Thomasville, Alabama. Circa 1890 - 1909

It may be asked, Why do I especially undertake this work ? And my first answer is, Because it is a variety of literary work which I peculiarly love. Persons should do, if possible and right, what they like to do. Seeing a fine opportunity for pleasant employment, why, in this land of freedom, should I not improve it ?