By Kathryn Tucker Windham
First released in 1975 and lengthy out of print, this e-book is now reissued in a good-looking re-creation. Alabama is like one sizeable entrance porch the place parents assemble on summer time nights to inform stories. it is a sprawling porch stretching from the Tennessee River Valley to the sandy Gulf shorelines. during this publication, Mrs. Windham takes readers on a journey of the heritage, humans, and areas of the "heart of Dixie." The tales are alike of their unmistakable Southern mix of exaggeration, humor, pathos, folklore, and romanticism with kinfolk historical past woven in.
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That's as logical a reason as anyif a reason is needed. Page 20 <><><><><><><><><><><><> The star in the pavement on the portico of the Capitol is Alabama's most famous star. Or it once was. Placed by the Sophie Bibb Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, the bronze star marks the spot where Jefferson Davis stood as he took the oath of office as president of the Confederate States of America. It has been a traditional oath-of-office-taking spot ever since, and a few bridal couples have repeated their marriage vows on the star there between the towering columns of the Capitol.
In the spring of that year, Dr. John, Molly (at first it was assumed she was his wife), and two elderly servants sailed into Bon Secour Bay and up the river aboard a schooner. Dr. John let it be known that he was engaged in the general practice of medicine, but that is all the information he provided about himself or about his companions. Gossip followed them, though, and residents around Bon Secour heard with interestbut with appropriate disapprovalthat Miss Molly not only was not married to Dr.
None of his argumentsand he was a powerful oratorswayed their loyalty to the settlers. Finally Tecumseh shook his finger in the face of Big Warrior, a leader of the peace party, and declared: "You do not believe the Great Spirit has sent me. You shall believe it. I will leave directly and go straight to Detroit. " Strangely enough, it happened just the way Tecumseh had promised. Tecumseh set out for Detroit, and about the time he should have arrived (Indians back in Tookabatcha were marking the passage of days with notched sticks), the earthquake came.