The South's Forgotten Fire-Eater: David Hubbard and North Alabama's Long Road to Disunion

The South's Forgotten Fire-Eater: David Hubbard and North Alabama's Long Road to Disunion

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There were countless fervent supporters of the Confederacy in the South before, during, and after the Civil War, but perhaps none were as ardent or influential as the so-called fire-eaters, who worked in Southern communities to sway them toward secession. The South's Forgotten Fire-Eater details the life and activism of David Hubbard, an Alabama fire-eater who did much to turn northern Alabama for the Confederacy. His is a cautionary tale of radical politics, told brilliantly by historian Chris McIlwain.

The story of the American Civil War is typically told with particular interest in the national players behind the war: Davis, Lincoln, Lee, Grant, and their peers. However, the truth is that countless Americans on both sides of the war worked in their own communities to sway public perception of abolition, secession, and government intervention. In north Alabama, David Hubbard was an ardent and influential voice for leaving the Union, spreading his increasingly radical view of states' rights and the need to rebel against what he viewed an overreaching federal government. You have likely never heard of Hubbard, the grandson of a Revolutionary War soldier who fought under Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. He was much more than that stereotype of antebellum Alabama politicians, being an early speculator in lands coerced from Native Americans; a lawyer and cotton planter; a populist; an influential member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama; and a key promoter of the very first railroad built west of the Allegheny mountains. The South's Forgotten Fire-Eater is the story of Hubbard's radicalization, describing his rise to becoming the most influential and prominent secessionist in north Alabama. Despite growing historical interest in the fire eaters who whipped the South into a frenzy, there has been little mention until now of Hubbard's integral involvement in Alabama's relationship with the Confederacy. Now historian Chris McIlwain offers Hubbard's story as a cautionary tale of radical politics and its consequences.

Author: Chris McIlwain
Publisher: NewSouth Books
Published: 12/05/2020
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.30lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.20w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781588384119