Books by Poets

by Denny Abbott - Class of 1957

book authored by Denny Abbott from Class of 1957Denny Abbott first encountered the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children at Mt. Meigs as a twenty-one-year-old probation officer for the Montgomery County Family Court. He would become so concerned about conditions for black juvenile offenders there -- including hard labor, beatings, and rape -- that he took the State of Alabama to court to win reforms. With the help of the U.S. Justice Department, Abbott won a resounding victory that brought change, although three years later he had to sue the state again.

In They Had No Voice, Abbott details these battles and how his actions cost him his job and made him a pariah in his hometown, but resulted in better lives for Alabama's children. Abbott also tells of his later career as the first national director of the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center, where he helped focus attention on missing and exploited children and became widely recognized as an expert on children's issues.

Book - Clearing The Thickets by Herbert James Lewisby Herbert James Lewis - Class of 1967

The name Alabama comes from the Choctaw word meaning “clearers of the thickets,” inspiring the title of this fascinating new book. Its purpose is to examine Alabama's early history beginning with the era of European colonization and culminating with the state's controversial secession from the Union—after just 41 years as a state (recognizing, of course, that the actual history began long before this emigration, with Native American civilizations). In so doing, the author traces how Alabama emerged from a raw frontier of European settlement into a fully functioning state that provided much-needed order to its new citizens. 

The book begins by exploring the colonial period during which three European powers—Spain, France, and Great Britain—continually vied for control of what was to become part of Alabama. Each culture, along with the Native American communities that lived throughout most of the region, contributed to the development of the emerging territory and left its enduring stamp. Later chapters examine Alabama's territorial period, the Creek War of 1813-1814, the Constitutional Convention of 1819 and statehood, the first years of state government in Cahaba, removal of the capital to Tuscaloosa, King Cotton and the ignominy of slavery, further relocation of the capital to Montgomery as secession loomed, and social and economic advances during the antebellum period that were interrupted and stunted by the tragedy of secession and war.

“CLEARING THE THICKETS is narrative history in the grand old style—a spirited effort to make sense of the ideas, human beings, and events that came together to shape Alabama's first tumultuous decades. … Anyone interested in antebellum Alabama will be grateful for what Lewis has accomplished.”
— Paul Pruitt, Jr., B.A., M.L.S., Ph.D.
Special Collection Librarian, Bounds Law Library, University of Alabama
Author of 'Taming Alabama: Lawyers and Reformers, 1804-1929' (2010) 

“Lewis has carefully crafted a thoughtful, deliberate, and well-balanced history of antebellum Alabama. Perhaps not coincidentally, we are now in the decade of Alabama's bicentennial. In days such as these, his book should be on the shelf of anyone interested in Alabama's early history.”
— James L. Noles, Jr., B.S., J.D.
Chairman, Alabama Humanities Foundation

“In the grand tradition of A.J. Pickett and A.B. Moore, Jim Lewis has produced a richly detailed, encyclopedic in scope, history of antebellum Alabama. Gracefully written, with unique insights provided by a career in government and law, his book weaves the rich diversity of the state's early history into a compelling tale replete with assorted heroes and heroines, scoundrels and statesmen, and fools and filibusterers. From wandering Spaniards to the 'fire-eating' politicians of the 1850s, he does not miss a stitch in the crazy quilt that became Alabama. Lewis obviously loves Alabama history. After reading CLEARING THE THICKETS, you will too.”
— Martin Everse
Retired Director, Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park and Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park

Part of the "History & Heroes Series" from Quid Pro Books, this digital book features quality ebook formatting, active TOC, linked notes, active URLs in notes, and all the images from the print work.

Book - Lost Capitals of Alabama by Herbert James Lewisby Herbert James Lewis - Class of 1967

Alabama's capital has roots all over the state. It first emerged in St. Stephens in 1799, a small fort acquired from the Spanish atop a tall limestone bluff overlooking the Tombigbee River. Next came Huntsville in the Tennessee Valley, where the state constitution emerged.  Cahawba was the capital to receive a visit from the Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving general of the American Revolution.

In 1826, Tuscaloosa took the reins for twenty years before the final move to Montgomery. Discover the leaders and events that established the state and the fates of each dynamic governmental center as author Jim Lewis traces the history of Alabama's Lost Capitals. 

by Robert Carter, Jr - Class of 1971

"I know of no other that book deals with pornography in the same way as Breaking the Bonds of Pornography. This book gives direction to the teacherand at the same time leaves an avenue where the teacher utilizes outside sources at his discretion. Breaking the Bonds of Pornography can be used as a series of scheduled lessons to take the practitioner through a logical and godly process. This includes illustrations, facts, statistics that are linked to scriptural foundation, and practical steps that lead to dealing with pornography in the individual's life. Through Breaking the Bonds of Pornography Dr. Robert Carter shows us the avenue to healing from sexual addiction and the possibility of living a free, productive life". --Otis R. Hughes, MA Christian Education Director Alabama District Council of the Assemblies of God

As a pastor Dr. Robert Carter saw many in his church and in the community wresting with pornography and sexual addiction. It is his hope that this book will help to set the captive free. Dr. Carter is an ordained Assembly of God minister, and has served in ministry for 32 years. He is currently serving as the President of Barnabas Ministries, a non-profit ministry dedicated to healing the body of Christ through counseling, mediation and seminars. He serves as counselor for the Alabama District of the Assemblies of God. Dr. Carter has a doctorate in Christian Counseling and is dedicated to helping the hurting by equipping Christians to be healthy and effective for Jesus Christ. Dr. Carter and his wife Helen have been married 35 years and live in Alabama. Dr. Carter is also the author of Shut In or Shut Out a book about ministry to senior citizens.

Authored by Anne Randolph

"Raw and unfiltered, meaningful writing from the heart." Bold women share the stories that bolstered their confidence to become business women, leaders, mothers, healers, politicians, artists, pilots and trendsetters.

In the safe haven of Kitchen Table Writing, creators from the 1950s to Columbine write life stories that resonate with women across generations. Everyone has a story to tell, and the courageous women featured in this collection have done just that.

Once a week for a year (some for more than four years!) these women wrote, shared, laughed, cried, and created a community of respect, appreciation, and support. They gathered at Kitchen Table Writing to "Write Your Life Story" and in the process changed their worlds and themselves.

These goddess warriors run with the wolves, take the road less travelled and are an inspiration to all generations.

Authored by Lee Suydam

To prove that I am a Poet, I am sharing the closing to my book.

Dark in the woods near Memphis, a hunter lost his way,
He stumbled ‘midst the vines and limbs; heavy with dismay.
T’was then the forest opened where the moon shown all ‘round,
T’was just some little crossroads. At last, some hope was found.

Chick-will’s-widow sang in the darkness; the owl hooted its call.
That’s when he heard it, muffled -- like shadows on a wall.
These sounds so faint, he wondered; he questioned where he stood.
T’was only ghost still riding; their quest still haunts the woods.

Some say that they have heard them when the air is cold and still,
When the moonlight filters through the trees, with the song of the Whippoorwill.
A snort, a neigh, a rattle, creaking leather under load,
A troop of ghostly riders trots out upon the road.

None say that they have seen them, only whispers reach the ear,
The clatter of moving horses, their horse hooves ringing clear,
T’is but some dusty riders; their journey‘s never o’er,
But through the years they wander through the places of their lore.

A general is said to lead them, “Up men and to your posts!”
Out on the dusty road they trot, these horses and these ghosts.
Their memory strong, their legend grows and spread by word of mouth,
Dark in the woods near Memphis and other places through the South.

Lee Suydam

Authored By Coach Bill Moseley

Forever Blue:
The Memoirs of a Lanier High School and
University of Kentucky Football Coach

They still call him "Coach." Bill Moseley closed out his career as a football player and coach almost 60 years ago, but his former players still call him "Coach," because his mentorship has meant that much to them over the decades. Growing up hardscrabble in Depression-era Montgomery, Alabama, Bill began his playing days at Sidney Lanier High School. He garnered a scholarship to the University of Kentucky, where he played for two years before joining the U.S. Army Air Forces. While on active duty as a gunner on B-29s, he played another college football season and became the first player in the history of the Sun Bowl to score two passing touchdowns (a milestone he accomplished under an assumed name). After military service, Moseley played his final two years at UK (for a total of five legitimate college football seasons) under the aegis of Paul "Bear" Bryant. He then coached exclusively at his high school and college alma maters, where he interpolated not only Bryant's coaching techniques, but the Bear's motivational abilities. And Moseley's players took his life lessons to heart: Many became notable and successful coaches themselves; Many became successful business and civic leaders; One became a U.S. ambassador to France; One was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Coach Bill Moseley's inspiring guidance still resonates with his former players, and his story is one of exemplary and honest leadership. It's obvious that these days, the sports world could use more coaches like him.

This is a great read about one of our most storied student, coach and alumnus, Bill Moseley (Class of 1941). Dust off the old memories of yester-year in Montgomery and enjoy the stories straight from Coach Moseley as he dictates them to his son Willie G Moseley (Class of 1968).

Forever Blue was released in December of 2013 by New South Books. It is available in soft cover and as an ebook. Click on the link below to order.

For information on signed copies, contact

Listen to Coach Moseley's Radio Interview on WTLS

Authored by Stephen Z Smith

It's More than Shootouts and Car Chases takes you inside the life of a Montgomery Police Officer in the capital city of Alabama.

Corporal Smith began his career as a nineteen year old police cadet working in an administrative capacity, until attending the police academy in 1983. As a trainee, Smith started the police academy with twenty fellow recruits and sixteen grueling weeks later, graduating with only six. You experience from the beginning what it takes to become a Montgomery police officer.

This detailed, factual account provides the reader with an inside look from being shot at as a rookie officer while investigating a car burglary, to being involved in two police shootings and working the deaths of two fellow officers as an evidence technician.

Throughout his twenty year career, Corporal Steve Smith shares his experiences that will have you laughing one moment and then a call of "shots fired" will show you the true dangers of being a police officer. As Corporal Steve Smith shares his true life experiences he also shares his faith in the Lord as he serves and protects the citizens of Montgomery.

Authored by John C. Bush
Patriots and Rebels

Patriots and Rebels is a true story, imagined, set in the years 1863-65. In it we encounter the stark reality of patriotism and rebellion played out in the words, thoughts, experiences and emotions of Thomas Files and his fourteen-year-old daughter Mary Francis. Born and raised in the hill country of north Alabama, Tom is determined to defend the United States of America as his ancestors had done in 1776. His strong sense of patriotic loyalty places him and his family in situations of profound conflict and danger. 

After Tom's one-year enlistment with the First Alabama Cavalry, United States Volunteers, his return home would place him and his family in great jeopardy. For two years he seeks safety and finds adventure in the wide-ranging company of Northern compatriots. These adventures place him in positions to experience some of the most interesting minor and major events near the end of the war in the Deep South. Among these are Streight's Mule Brigade, General Nathan Bedfort Forrest's Fort Pillow Massacre, the Battle of Nashville (depicted on the cover) and heavy handed Federal military rule in Kentucky. He is captured by General John Bell Hood's troops near Nashville, from whom he escapes only to be arrested by Union forces at Decatur, Alabama on suspicion of being a Confederate spy. Meanwhile, Fannie, her little sisters and mother struggle to survive under dire circumstances of persecution, isolation and hostility. In different ways and circumstances all of them come to grips with what it means to be a patriot or a rebel, or both, and endure the consequences of well-meant plans gone awry.

Patriots and Rebels is based on the actual records of real people, as found in the National Archives and published biographical sketches. There were at least a hundred thousand men like Tom Files - white Southerners fighting for the Union -- from every Confederate state except South Carolina. Their story has been largely neglected, particularly in historical fiction.

Publication Date:
Apr 22 2014
149917926X / 9781499179262
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Historical

About the author:

JOHN C. BUSH was born in the Florida Panhandle and grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, with ancestral roots in Virginia Colony, 1670. His career as a Presbyterian minister took him from Alabama to Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky and Michigan and back to Alabama. In retirement, he and his wife make their home in the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama, placing them in and near many of the locations where much of this story takes place. He is author or editor of four non-fiction books; PATRIOTS AND REBELS is his first novel.

Authored by Harris Green

Chinaberry Summer

... keeping memories of a great high school alive.

The fine education I got there served me well as I made my way through college and a teaching career, eventually retiring from a junior college as Professor of English. The high standards I held my students to were inspired by my time in service with the Navy and Marines, but especially by the standards I was held to at Lanier. I didn't graduate with my classmates, some since elementary school, because I lacked a half-credit in typing. I got my diploma in the principal's office in July after making up my difficiencies.

I used my typing skills to complete four college degrees and a teaching career. Now, in retirement, I'm using them to write many essays and letters to the editor. One of my op eds in the Atlanta Journal-Constituion landed me on TV personality Bill O'Reilly's enemies list, and I love the notoriety.  I am currently completing a memoir which includes sections on my experiences in Cloverdale School and Lanier.

In 2006 I published Chinaberry Summer: Riverton, Alabama 1947, a novel which draws heavily on my summer of that year in the Cloverdale district near Huntingdon College, where I grew up. The sales have been only fair, but I have received much good feedback. A couple of years ago, while teaching at Reinhardt College nearby, I used the novel as the textbook for a remedial English class. If any of my fellow Poets are interested in the book, it can be found on Amazon in both paper and electronic format.

Harris Green - SLHS Class of 1956
Chinaberry Summer by Harris Green - Class of 1956