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Southside: Eufaula's Cotton Mill Village and its People, 1890-1945 Hardcover – April 3, 2017
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About the Author
David Ernest Alsobrook was born in Eufaula, Alabama, and grew up in Mobile. He completed his formal education at Auburn University (PhD) and West Virginia University (MA). His primary historical research interests are Southern politics, social life, and race relations. Alsobrook served as an archivist at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, supervisory archivist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, and as the first director of the George H.W. Bush, and William J. Clinton Presidential Libraries. He currently lives in Mobile, Alabama.
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It seems like a balanced portrayal to me -
Eufaula, Alabama is a fascinating town with antebellum mansions that were homes to state politicians - six governors of the state of Alabama lived there - and influential, wealthy families of the day. Yet on the Southside, there were the mill families who worked hard and lived hard, all the time minding the societal rules that were as real as they were invisible. Dr. Alsobrook has effectively spoken eloquently, beautifully, and effectively for these families.
As a genealogist, my heart relates to the words of Oma Parish Alsobrook who used to remind her grandson on visits to Fairview Cemetery that as long as we remember these ancestors and tell their stories, they will never die. This is truth if ever there was truth, and learning about the lives and telling the stories of ancestors is one of the great privileges and gifts of genealogy.