“Alabama, like other future states carved from Transappalachia, experienced several frontiers. Beginning with De Soto’s attempted entrada in 1540, its many diverse Native Americans met Spanish, British, and ultimately American invaders. Dupre is especially clear on how each successive frontier really worked through the centuries until, by 1840 and Creek “removal,” the cotton frontier took hold. Well-sourced and well-written, this book is a fascinating read.”
— Walter Nugent, author of 'Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansion'
“Three great streams of humanity fashioned the story of the Alabama frontiers over two centuries: the native American people who had occupied this landscape for centuries; the arrival of Anglo-Americans, who sought the lands from the first group; the growing steam of slaves from the Upper South who cleared the farms and plantations and then worked them. No historian has captured the interactions of these three groups with such insight as Daniel Dupre's Alabama's Frontiers and the Rise of the Old South. A remarkable contribution to frontier and Southern history.”
— Malcolm Rohrbough, author of 'Rush to Gold'
“Demonstrating an immersion into the most recent historiography and a keen ability to condense that scholarship into a new synthesis, Dupre offers a provocative consideration of how the peoples of a region--native, white, and black--were transformed by their interactions. In the Old Southwest's historiographical landscape, dominated by economic history, Alabama's Frontiers and the Rise of the Old South will have a substantial impact.”
— Craig Thompson Friend, author of, Kentucke's Frontiers