Alabama, One Big Front Porch

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"Many of Alabama's finest stories used to begin with a reference to 'the night the stars fell,' and even now there is an inclination among some residents to divide local history into two segments: before the stars fell and after the stars fell. That would make November 13, 1833, the dividing line. "Thousands of Alabamians, thinking the end of the world was at hand when they saw the heavenly spectacle, fell to their knees to plead for mercy and forgiveness. Others promised eternal renunciation of sin (card playing, dancing, whiskey drinking,
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Overview

"Many of Alabama's finest stories used to begin with a reference to 'the night the stars fell,' and even now there is an inclination among some residents to divide local history into two segments: before the stars fell and after the stars fell. That would make November 13, 1833, the dividing line. "Thousands of Alabamians, thinking the end of the world was at hand when they saw the heavenly spectacle, fell to their knees to plead for mercy and forgiveness. Others promised eternal renunciation of sin (card playing, dancing, whiskey drinking, cursing, and associated vices) if they were spared whatever catastrophes were in the offing. Still others jumped upon horses and tried to outrace the fearful menace they believed was pursuing them.

"That night, the night the stars fell, may have branded Alabama as a strange land, her people forever set apart by a horoscope of enchantment and turmoil. Some historians, sociologists, romanticists, astrologists, and conjure women say so. Maybe it did. It was quite a night." "Storytelling spots aren't all on front porches: they're any place where storytellers gather. But the best stories are a family's very own tales, stories whose humor and pathos provide nostalgic links with kinfolk who were here awhile ago."

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A reprint of the 1975 edition published by Strode Publishers, Huntsville. On Alabama social life, customs, folklore. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588382191
  • Publisher: NewSouth, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 985,700
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     9
Notes on the Present Edition     11
Introduction     14
The Night the Stars Fell on Alabama - Fort Morgan - Hatchett Chandler     16
Bon Secour - Darling Molly - Meme's - File     22
Jeff Davis's Star - Andrew Dexter - Court Square     27
Hank Williams     32
When Stars Fell on Mrs. Hodges     35
Dog Days - Mad Stones - Star Counting     41
Indian Wars - Jere Austill's Ride - Red Eagle     44
Lafayette's Tour - Governor Houston - Barbecue     51
The Vine and Olive Colony - French Tea Set - Raoul's Ferry     56
The Outlaw Sheriff - Chinaberries- Covered Bridges     62
Ruby Pickens Tartt - Julia Tutwiler     67
Gainesville - Joe Avery's Run     73
Gardens - Mules - Rabbits - Hoop Snakes     76
Fox Hunting     81
War Eagle! and Roll Tide! - Tuscaloosa     85
Bay Minette - Brewton - Railroad Bill     94
The War - Frederica - The Mask Family - The Ellises     101
Vulcan and Other Statues     110
Ave Maria Grotto - Cullman - Big Jim     118
Selma - William Rufus King - Typical Tourists     123
Wilcox County     131
Traveling Money - The Price of Cotton     135
Madison County - Miss Elizabeth - Monkeynauts     138
Mooresville     142
Soothsayer Irene Teel - Five Columns - Captain Simp McGhee     147
The Duel at Bluff City     156
Storytelling Spots     159
Index     164
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