Alabama and the Borderlands: From Prehistory to Statehood by Reid Badger, Lawrence A. Clayton, Dr. Marvin T. Smith, Bruce

By Reid Badger, Lawrence A. Clayton, Dr. Marvin T. Smith, Bruce D. Smith, Richard A. Krause, Eugene Lyon, Charles Hudson, Jeffrey P. Brain, Chester B. DePratter, Hazel P. Coker, William S. Coker, Michale C. Scardaville, Wilcomb Washburn, James B. Griffin

Born of a priority with Alabama's prior and the necessity to discover and clarify that legacy, this ebook brings jointly the nation's top students at the prehistory and early background of Alabama and the southeastern U.S. protecting themes starting from the Mississippian interval in archaeology and the de Soto excursion (and different early ecu explorations and settlements of Alabama) to the 1780 Siege of cellular, it is a accomplished and readable selection of scholarship on early Alabama.

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One of these goals, we think, was temple mound building. Temple mounds apparently played a dual social role. On one hand, Mississippian mounds were tangible representations of the right to legitimate exercise of power and authority by a select few. On the other, they represented the community'S wealth, glory, and capability. 65 Then too, Mississippian mounds required massed manpower to construct-manpower thus committed to the authority the mounds represented. At the same time, working toward a common goal promoted worker solidarity, if suitable rewards were forthcoming.

On one hand, Mississippian mounds were tangible representations of the right to legitimate exercise of power and authority by a select few. On the other, they represented the community'S wealth, glory, and capability. 65 Then too, Mississippian mounds required massed manpower to construct-manpower thus committed to the authority the mounds represented. At the same time, working toward a common goal promoted worker solidarity, if suitable rewards were forthcoming. In the case at hand, rewards would have taken the tangible form of a monument, and the intangible form of civic pride and a community fund of prestige in which all might have shared, albeit differentially.

Reference to the developmental patterning discernible in other regions of North America does not, however, support this view. Fortifications of similar plan and construction appear in the northern plains at about the same time, but few Plains specialists consider them evidence for wars of conquest. 57 Drastic defensive measures were also taken by the prehistoric residents of the American Southwest, and again, few would consider them evidence for attempts at conquest. 58 In sum, large-scale incorporation of vanquished by victor, which presumably played a role in Mexican state building, seems alien to the pattern of development north of the Rio Grande.

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