Category: News – from the past & the present

News - from the past & the present

On April 28th, 1940 an Alabama hero defined First and Fourteenth Amendment rights

In 1938, Byron Thornhill, a Tuscaloosa County resident and president of a local labor union, went all the way to the United States Supreme…

News - from the past & the present

Francis Scott Key who wrote The Star Spangled Banner shared a close friendship with Alabama Governor Gayle’s wife and daughter

This story is an excerpt from Alabama Footprints Volume V - VIII The story below reveals the close friendship Francis Scott Key shared with Alabama…

News - from the past & the present

Thanksgiving was a Yankee holiday and not celebrated in Alabama until 1858 – here is why [vintage pictures]

Yankee holiday Thanksgiving was not observed as a holiday in Alabama until 1858 when the governors of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and North and South…

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Many Alabama colonial ancestors embraced the Quaker faith and were persecuted for their beliefs

Faith and Courage: 2nd Edition -presents the religious persecution of Quakers in Pre-Revolutionary War days of America intertwined with a love story. The characters…

News - from the past & the present

Alabama Convention proceedings and members of the Democratic and Anti-Know-Nothing Party in 1856

(Transcribed from The Clarke County Democrat, Grove Hill, Alabama, January 31, 1856) PROCEEDINGS OF THE DEMOCRATIC and ANTI-KNOW NOTHING CONVENTION, Held in Montgomery, Jan.…

News - from the past & the present

Anne Newport Royall – the tornado of 1822, cure snake bite, politics & the day all the citizens of Huntsville fled town

Anne Royall (June 11, 1769 – October 1, 1854) was by some accounts the first professional woman journalist in the United States. When her…

News - from the past & the present

UPDATED WITH PODCAST – Did you know that a woman from Birmingham, Alabama patented the first workable windshield wiper?

Mary Anderson was born in Greene County, Alabama in 1866. She moved with her widowed mother and sister to the booming town of Birmingham, Alabama…

News - from the past & the present

Anne Newport Royall – relates how Huntsville celebrated President Washington’s birthday in 1821

[Anne Newport Royall was alive to witness the Revolutionary War and recorded her sentiments about the experience in this letter written on President Washington's…