Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Book Talk: The Old Federal Road in Alabama: An Illustrated Guide

Book Talk: The Old Federal Road in Alabama: An Illustrated Guide

The public is invited to a book talk by Kathryn Braund and Raven Chistopher, authors of The Old Federal Road in Alabama: An Illustrated Guide, on Thursday, September 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill.

Central to understanding Alabama’s territorial and early statehood years, the Federal Road was both a physical and symbolic thoroughfare that cut a swath of shattering change through the land and cultures it traversed. The road revolutionized Alabama’s expansion, altering the course of its development by playing a significant role in sparking a cataclysmic war, facilitating unprecedented American immigration, and enabling an associated radical transformation of the land itself.

The Old Federal Road in Alabama: An Illustrated Guide offers a narrative history that includes brief accounts of the construction of the road, the experiences of historic travelers, and descriptions of major changes to the road over time. The authors vividly reconstruct the course of the road in detail and make use of a wealth of well-chosen illustrations. Along the way they give attention to the very terrain it traversed, bringing to life what traveling the road must have been like and illuminating its story in a way few others have ever attempted.

Kathryn H. Braund is Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University. She is author of Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685–1815, editor of Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812, and coeditor of Fields of Vision: Essays on the Travels of William Bartram, and William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians.

Raven M. Christopher is chief curator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. She is coauthor with Gregory A. Waselkov of the Archaeological Survey of the Old Federal Road in Alabama, Final Report, prepared for the Alabama Department of Transportation.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn.

For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit www.auburn.edu/cah

Last Updated: August 15, 2020