Fear God and Walk Humbly: The Agricultural Journal of James Mallory, 1843-1877

Fear God and Walk Humbly: The Agricultural Journal of James Mallory, 1843-1877

Fear God and Walk Humbly: The Agricultural Journal of James Mallory, 1843-1877

Fear God and Walk Humbly: The Agricultural Journal of James Mallory, 1843-1877

Synopsis

"This journal will be of interest to scholars of agriculture and religion especially, and persons concerned with the health of the southern population during those decades.... A gold mine of information". -- John Hebron Moore Florida State University

Excerpt

Soon after becoming the Director of the Southern History Center at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1976, I received in the mail from an anonymous sender a typescript copy of what appeared to be part of a farm journal written by James Mallory. the sender considered the journal worthy of publication, and so did I. After reading the fragment, I rushed to the university library to learn what I could about its author. To my surprise and delight, I discovered not only that James Mallory had spent most of his life in Talladega County, Alabama, but also that the university's archives contained a microfilm copy of his complete journal. Both Dr. Warner Moore, the Assistant Director of the Southern History Center, and I excitedly read the microfilm. "We were truly impressed by the manuscript," Dr. Moore recalled.

After determining that the journal had never been in print and securing permission to publish it as a book from its owner, Edgar Stewart, of Selma, Alabama, a kinsman of James Mallory, we began the task of editing.

The editing progressed slowly for several reasons. Dr. Moore, a full- time university administrator, and I worked on the project when we could find the time, but pressing matters often disrupted our progress. in 1982 I left the University of Alabama to become the Lyndon Baines Johnson Professor of American History at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and neither Dr. Moore nor I did much toward preparing the Mallory journal for publication for several years. But in the late 1980s, after completing several projects, we both again caught fire. By 1990 we were far enough along to approach Malcolm M. MacDonald, Director of the University of Alabama Press, regarding publication of the Mallory journal. He responded most favorably, sending copies of our work to distinguished historians for appraisal. Happily they agreed that . . .

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