|About the Book|
This illustrated volume was published in 1920.From the Author:A Letter to the Boys and Girls of Alabama My Dear Young Friends:The stories in this book that you will like best arethe stories of Indians, and those about the first whitesettlers whoMoreThis illustrated volume was published in 1920.From the Author:A Letter to the Boys and Girls of Alabama My Dear Young Friends:The stories in this book that you will like best arethe stories of Indians, and those about the first whitesettlers who came to Alabama.All historians agree that many of these storiesare legendary, but in order that you may know thatthey are true to history I am going to tell you whereI found them. It was in Picketts History ofAlabama. Although if you should read that inter-esting, book you might say, I cannot find thosestories in this history.When your mother makes a raisin cake, she looksway up on the top shelf of the pantry to find theraisins. In the ice box she finds the eggs, butterand milk. In one can she finds the flour, in anotherthe sugar. Then the baking powder and spice aremeasured out just right. She has all the ingredientsof your favorite cake, and she knows how to mixthem to suit your taste. Because she loves you sheis smiling inwardly, all the time the cake is baking,for she knows that you will enjoy it. In somewhat the same manner, I gathered thefacts and narratives for these Stories of Alabamaand wove them together, hoping that the resultwould suit your taste. The pictures of Indian cus-toms and activities are presented to you through thecourtesy of Col. Picketts granddaughter, Mrs. MaryAustin Pickett Davidson, of Montgomery. An oldbook that was published more than three hundredyears ago in France, was bought by Col. Pickett,while he was collecting material for his History ofAlabama. It was a copy of the old book that wastaken to Stanley Paulgers Studio in Montgomery,where Mr. Paulger photographed the pictures thatwere drawn by the French explorer who visited thiscountry 343 years before. The other stories in thisbook were gathered from various books, old histories,and from newspapers.After searching for more than a year for storiesof heroes, deeds of daring, of interesting adventuresand worth-while happenings in the history of ourstate, I came to feel that Alabamas history is sofilled with glorious deeds, magnificent sacrifices,thrills and heart-throbs, that the children of the .stateshould be told what truly great men and women theirforebears were. Alabama has not commemoratedher historic spots, with monuments, nor has theheroism of her great men been heralded abroad, butyou can rest assured that in every epoch of history,your state has done its part nobly.The future of Alabama depends upon the boysand girls who are now in school. And I hope thatin your hearts you each feel like saying, with MissJulia Tutwiler, Keep us worthy. God in Heaven,of this goodly land of thine.Your devoted friend,Mrs. Matthews.