Alabama Historical Association

Annual Meeting Program

May 6-8, 2004

Birmingham, Alabama


Samford University

Hoover Historical Society

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Vestavia Hills Baptist Church

Thursday Evening

May 6, 2004

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Registration, Hampton Inn, Mountain Brook

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Reception and Registration

Southern Progress Corporation, Lakeshore Drive, Homewood

Friday Program

May 7, 2004

Registration and Sessions at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church

8:00 a.m. Registration

9:45 a.m. General Session

10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session A - Ruth Truss, University of Montevallo, presiding

"'Order in the Midst of Near Chaos': Desegregating the University of Alabama Medical Center," Tim L. Pennycuff, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"Frank Hartley and Martha Fort Anderson: Exhibiting Prints for Southern Viewers and Images of African American Communal Worship," Lynn Williams, Auburn University

"Black Alabamians' Response to the U.S. Declaration of War in 1917," David Alsobrook, Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, Arkansas

Session B - Elberta Gibbs Reid, Birmingham, presiding.

"Convict Labor and the 1910 Lucile Prison Fire," Charles E. Adams, Tuscaloosa

"Fractures in the Solid South: Alabama's 'Gold Democrats' of 1896," Charlie Crook, Montgomery

"Rebirth, Resettlement, and Revision: The Creation of Cullman County, Alabama in the Post Reconstruction South," Robert Scott Davis, Wallace State College, Hanceville

Session C - Jim Noles, Birmingham, presiding

"S. Z. Mitchell: An Alabama Electric Industry Pioneer," Bill Tharpe, Birmingham

"'Pick's Pike': That 'Impossible' World War II Military Highway from Ledo, India to Kunming, China," William S. Johnson, Montgomery

"'For Truth We Are Searching': Augusta Evans Wilson's Refutation of Catholicism," Sara S. Frear, Auburn

Noon -- Picnic Box Lunch, Vestavia Hills Baptist Church

1:30 p.m. Friday Afternoon Tours

7:00 p.m. Annual Dinner, Beeson University Center Dining Hall, Samford University

Clinton Jackson Coley Book Award - presented by Ralph B. Draughon, Jr., New Orleans

Milo B. Howard, Jr. Award - presented by Robert J. Jakeman, Editor, The Alabama Review

Local Historical Society Award - presented by James Ray Kuykendall, Fort Payne

Introduction of Speaker - Edwin C. Bridges, Alabama Department of Archives and History

"The Battle of Fredericksburg: A Confederate Victory?" George C. Rable, University of Alabama

Saturday Breakfast

May 8, 2004

7:30 a.m. Dutch Breakfast - Beeson University Center Dining Hall, Samford University

Introduction of Speaker - Harvey H. Jackson III, Jacksonville State University

"Please Don't Put Sugar in Cornbread," Kathryn Tucker Windham, Selma

Saturday Program

May 8, 2004

Registration and Sessions at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church

9:00 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. General Session

10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session A - Aston Fitts, III, Selma, presiding

"The Rise of Wallaceism," Jeff Frederick, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

"Educating Alabama's 'Very Ignorant' and 'Very Poor': Reconstruction Era American Missionary Association Educators and the War for Cultural Imperialism," Keith Hébert, Taylorsville, Georgia

"Racial and Gender Prejudice in Medical Training, 1938-1946, and the Response of Roy R. Kracke, M.D.," Robert R. Kracke, Birmingham

Session B - John Rison Jones, Huntsville, presiding

"Henry Wilbourne Stevens: A Connecticut Yankee Becomes an Alabama Pioneer," Jim Lewis, Birmingham

"Birmingham: The South's Great Symphonic City," Robin Ethridge, Tuscaloosa

"The Life and Times of James G. Birney," Richard Bailey, Montgomery

Session C - Linda York, Troy State Dothan, presiding

"'I'm Riding the Front Seat to Montgomery This Time': The Nashville Movement and the Freedom Rides," Derek Catsam, Minnesota State University, Mankato

"Canning the Kaiser in Alabama: The Montgomery Cooperative Canning Club, 1917-1918," Martin T. Olliff, Troy State University Dothan

"'An Old Maid of the Much Approved Style': Julia Zitella Cocke, Alabama Poet, Musician and Teacher," Jennifer Beck, Birmingham

Saturday Luncheon

Vestavia Hills Baptist Church

12:30 p.m. Annual Luncheon Session

Introduction of Speaker - Leah Rawls Atkins, Birmingham

Presidential Address - "A Turn of the Century Romance," James W. Lee, President of the Association




Please pre-register the following members and guests for the meeting of the Alabama Historical Association in Birmingham, May 6-8, 2004.

Full registration (# persons) _____ @ $65 per person = ____________

(*includes Thursday evening reception, Friday lunch, Friday banquet, Saturday luncheon, historical tours, and Friday and Saturday sessions)

Print names below for name tags:

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Saturday only registration (# persons) _____ @ $30 per person = __________

(*includes Saturday sessions and luncheon)

Print names below for name tags:

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Saturday breakfast tickets (# persons) _____ @ $10 per person = __________

(PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registering for the breakfast is strongly encouraged. Ensure your place by pre-registering!)

Total enclosed : $ __________

Your name ____________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________

City _____________________________ State ________ Zip code ________________

Day-time telephone ____________________ E-mail Address_____________________

Pre-registrations will be accepted until April 28. Registrations received after that date will be charged $75 for full registration and $35 for Saturday only registration. For questions concerning registration, contact Burt Rieff (256-740-0278 or, Marlene H. Rikard (205-726-2858 or, or Maggi Armbrester (205-934-8692 or

Make checks payable to the Alabama Historical Association and mail with this form to:

Burt Rieff
1930 Courtney Ave.
Florence, AL 35630-2608

Make your hotel reservation today by calling the Hampton Inn, Mountain Brook, at 205-870-7822 and request the AHA group rate.