DEPARTMENT OFARCHIVES ANDHISTORYPRESSRELEASE

ArchiTreats logo Date/Time: Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 12:00 noon

Place: Alabama Department of Archives and History

Topic: “Alabama’s Civil War: Researching and Writing Selma: A Novel of the Civil War

Speaker: Val L. McGee

In Val L. McGee’s new book, Selma: A Novel of the Civil War, hope is born of tragedy. Join us at noon on Thursday, September 25, as McGee presents, “Alabama’s Civil War: Researching and Writing Selma: A Novel of the Civil War.” This ‘Bonus’ ArchiTreats: Food for Thought presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. A book signing will follow the program.

The drama in Selma: A Novel of the Civil War is taken primarily from the pages of Alabama newspapers published in the early 1860s, available only through the reference room of the Alabama Archives. Selma also reflects research in more than 250 slave cases decided by the Alabama Supreme Court from 1819 to 1865 as published in the state Supreme Court’s Alabama Reports. In this presentation McGee will share the historical research which informs almost every page of this novel and he will discuss the process of writing a historical novel.

Val McGee
Judge Val McGee

Reviewer Dr. Norwood Kerr noted that, “Selma is especially vivid in describing the pre-war ‘Queen City of the Black Belt.’… Moderate unionists, fire-eating secessionists, and free and enslaved blacks – Judge McGee gives voice to all with both precision and compassion.”

Val McGee is a past president of the Alabama Historical Association and the Friends of the Alabama Archives He is the author of Claybank Memories: A History of Dale County, Alabama; The Origins of Fort Rucker; and A Cross Above: A History of the First United Methodist Church of Ozark, Alabama. He served as an infantry officer at Camp Rucker and in Europe during World War II. An attorney by profession, he was an Alabama trial judge from 1981 to 1993. Selma is his first novel.

This ‘Bonus’ ArchiTreats is presented by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information call (334) 353-4712 or go to www.archives.alabama.gov .



Created: September 2, 2008
http://www.archives.alabama.gov/whatsnew/bonusatrsept08.html
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435
E-Mail:debbie.pendleton@archives.alabama.gov
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