Dr. Christopher Rein, author of Alabamians in Blue
Alabamians in Blue is a scholarly examination of Alabama’s black and white Union soldiers and their contributions to the eventual success of the Union army in the western theater. Arguing that Alabama’s Anti-Confederate residents tendered important service, primarily by collecting intelligence and protecting logistical infrastructure, Christopher M. Rein highlights an unappreciated period of biracial cooperation, underwritten by massive support from the federal government. Using military records, individual diaries, and leveraging the robust secondary literature, Alabamians in Blue provides a broad synthesis that demonstrates how southern dissenters were not passive victims but rather active participants in their own liberation.
Dr. Chris Rein is currently a Managing Editor at Air University Press at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. He earned his MA in History from LSU in 2001 and PhD in History from the University of Kansas in 2011, and has served as an associate professor at both the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB. He has published several works on Civil War topics in Kansas History and Great Plains Quarterly and has contributed to both the Kansas City Public Library’s award-winning website The Civil War on the Western Border and ABC-CLIO’s Encyclopedia of the Civil War. He lives in Pelham. This event is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Limited Seating, reservations recommended. Pelham Public Library 205-620-6418.