By Kathryn Tucker Windham
First released in 1975 and lengthy out of print, this booklet is now reissued in a good-looking re-creation. Alabama is like one monstrous entrance porch the place parents assemble on summer season nights to inform stories. it is a sprawling porch stretching from the Tennessee River Valley to the sandy Gulf shores. during this publication, Mrs. Windham takes readers on a travel of the historical past, humans, and locations of the "heart of Dixie." The tales are alike of their unmistakable Southern mixture of exaggeration, humor, pathos, folklore, and romanticism with family members heritage woven in.
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The Indians taught the early settlers to use file in their cooking. Here's how Meme makes Summertime Crab Gumbo: 3 cups roux 3 qts. boiling water 2 cans tomatoes Worcestershire sauce Tabasco sauce Salt 1 cup catsup (heated) 2 lbs. chopped okra 1 dozen crabs 2 lbs. shrimp, peeled 1 tbs. file Hot rice Heat the roux slowly in a big pot. Gradually add hot water, stirring all the time. Add tomatoes and heated catsup. Season to taste. Simmer 3 hours. Add chopped okra and cook 15 minutes. Add raw cleaned crabs (chop each crab into four pieces) and shrimp.
No one listened more intently to the telling than did Margaret, Eades' darkhaired young daughter. She wanted to ask questions, wanted to praise Jere for his bravery wanted to plead with him to be vigilant, but she was too shy to speak. Austill watched Margaret Eades, without appearing to, and he promised himself that, God willing, he would return some day to the Eades' home. " And, some years later, he did. It's a tale their descendants love to tell. Few tales that came out of the Creek Indian War are stranger than the friendships which William Weatherford, powerful leader of the Creeks, formed with his former enemies, Andrew Jackson and Sam Dale.
They were ready to fight. Out of that conflict came some of Alabama's finest hero stories: the canoe fight (possibly the world's smallest but best publicized naval engagement) when Big Sam Dale and two companions killed nine Indians in hand-to-hand combat in the middle of the Alabama River while their boat-paddler held the two canoes together; the rescue of the trapped occupants of Fort Lashley (Talladega) by Jackson's forces who were notified of the settlers' peril by a friendly Indian who slipped through the enemy's lines by disguising himself in a pigskin; Sanota, the Creek warrior who saved the lives of Mrs.