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Below is a small sample of new, out of print, rare and hard to find books about the Chattanooga & Hamilton County, Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia, Northeast Alabama, areas, and Tennessee, Georgia & Alabama Landmarks .

Featured Titles:

The Chattanooga Country, 1540-1976, Tomahawks to TVA
Gilbert Govan and James Livingood
University of Tennessee Press, 1977.
Third (and last) Revised Edition of the popular history of the Chattanooga area by UT Chattanooga head librarian Govan and longtime history professor Livingood. Makes a nice compliment volume to Livingood's 1981 A History of Hamilton County, Tennessee.


The Great Monkey Trial
L. Sprague de Camp

Doubleday, 1968.
A very readable account of the 1925 Scopes trial by reknowned science fiction writer L. Sprague de Camp. The author, who visited Dayton, TN during his research and talked to locals who remembered the events, debunks the myth that the townspeople were hostile to Scopes. Long out of print and highly sought out, it's still one of the best treatments of the trial in popular literature.


Bradley Divided
Melba Lee Murray

College Press, 1992.
Though located deep in the South, Bradley County, Tennessee was a hotbed of Unionism, and sent more of its men to serve in U.S. ranks than Confederate. Drawning on various sources, including the infamous "History of the Rebellion in Bradley County," by J.S. Hurlburt (see below), Murray's work helps bust the stereotype of a "Solid South" during the Civil War era.


NOTE: Cover photographs may not depict all editions for each title listed by dealers.

Chattanooga & Hamilton County:

Chattanooga: An Illustrated History
James Weston Livingood, Norman O. Burns and Patrice B. Glass

American Historical Press, 2001.
(Original edition by Livingood: Windsor Publications, 1980.)

General texual history and vintage photography available in one source.

African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes
Rita L. Hubbard

The History Press , 2007.
Chronicles the ways African Americans have shaped Chattanooga, and presents inspirational achievements that have gone largely unheralded over the years. Examples include little know facts, such as that Chattanooga was the hometown of the first African American appointed to lead counsel on a Supreme Court case.

Baseball in Chattanooga
David Jenkins

Arcadia Publishing , 2006.
One of two recently published books covering the history of professional baseball in Chattanooga from 1885, including the current Lookouts franchise and predecessor teams.
Emphasis in this book is on vintage photographs.

Chattanooga Lookouts & 100 Seasons of Scenic City Baseball
Stephen Martini

Dry Ice Publishing , 2006.
One of two recently published books covering the history of professional baseball in Chattanooga from 1885, including the current Lookouts franchise and predecessor teams.
Emphasis in this book is on textual history.

Chattanooga African American Museum

Arcadia Publishing, 2006.
A pictorial history celebrating Chattanooga's African-American community and its vibrant contributions to the city's cultural, political, business, and educational history.


Chattanooga (Then & Now: Tennessee)
Rob Clifton

Arcadia Publishing, 2008.
Part of the Arcadia "Then & Now" local history series, this book features many high quality photographs comparing historic and contemporary views of city scenes & landmarks. Like all Arcadia publications, the emphasis is on quality photography rather than lengthy textual material.

Chattanooga Then and Now
Rob Clifton

Rob Clifton, 2006.
Rob Clifton's original self-published book of comparative photography between historic shots of Chattanooga landmarks and neighborhoods juxapositioned against contemporary perspectives of the same locations.

Chattanooga, TN: Postcards
Elena Irish Zimmerman

Arcadia Publishing, 1998.
In this volume of carefully selected postcards that were printed in the first half of the twentieth century, author and postcard collector Elena Irish Zimmerman highlights some of Chattanooga’s most memorable historic treasures, including numerous local businesses, homes, parks, and memorials, as well as famed Lookout and Signal Mountains.

Chattanooga Radio and Television
David Carroll

Arcadia Publishing, 2011.
Miss Marcia, Bob Brandy, Mort Lloyd, Dr. Shock, Harry Thornton, and, of course, "Luther." These are among the icons of Chattanooga broadcasting. They are the faces and voices that awakened Chattanoogans each morning, delivered the news, hosted exhibition sporting events, and made their listeners and viewers laugh. Chattanooga news anchor David Carroll has written what to date is the definitive one volumn history of the "golden age" of local broadcasting in the "Dynamo of Dixie."

Contempt of Court: The Turn Of-The-Century Lynching That Launched 100 Years of Federalism
Mark Curran, Leroy Phillips

Faber & Faber, 1999. (Hardcover); Anchor Books, 2001 (Softcover).
Powerful story of the infamous lynching of Ed Johnson from the Walnut Street Bridge in 1906, and the subsequent trial of the Hamilton County Sheriff in the United States Supreme Court for contempt. The court had issued a stay of Johnson's execution pending review of his case by the court, and ultimately held the Sheriff conspired to violate the court's order by facilitating the lynching.


A History of Hamilton County, Tennessee
James Livingood

Memphis State Univ Press, 1981.
Author Livingood was a history professor and administrator at the University of Chattanooga (later UT Chattanooga) from 1937 until 1975. Straighforward, prosaic, and written to scholarly academic sourcing standards, even though it's out of print, this work remains the standard introductory reference for Hamilton County's history. Not to be confused with Dr. Livingood's much shorter county history written for the Tennessee County History Series, also published by Memphis State University Press.


History of Hamilton County & Chattanooga, Tennessee
Zella Armstrong

Overmountain Press, Johnson City, TN, U.S.A., 1993 (Reprint);
Lookout Publishing, 1931.

Originally published in 1931, this is a classic "gentleman pioneers and leading citizens" "mug book" style history, and makes an interesting contrast to the Livingood books. Two volumes. Each dealer may sell seperately, or as a set.


History of Professional Wrestling in Chattanooga, 1950-1983

Crowbar Press.
This issue in the "History of Professional Wrestling" series brings back the golden age of the "sport" when colorful local promotors such as Nick Gulas and Harry Thornton entertained the masses with legendary tumblers like the Fargo Brothers and Tojo Yamamoto. No history of the city is complete without the information contained in this slim volume. Available directly from Crowbar Press


Jewish Community of Chattanooga (Images of America)
Joy Effron; Abelson Adams
Arcadia Publishing, 1999.
The Jewish Community in Chattanooga has been one of the most influential groups in the city. One man, Adolph Ochs, took a small local newspaper, the Chattanooga Times and changed the city. He later purchased the New York Times and built a publishing empire that remains today.


Memories of a Chattanooga Street Kid
Donald E. Palmer
Live Your Dream Enterprises, Inc., 2004.
Autobiographical memoir by a television producer of his childhood days growing up "on the streets" of Chattanooga in the 1930s and 1940s. Topics like "Visiting Mama at the Hosiery Mill," and "Visiting Daddy at Silverdale [the county workhouse]," make this book an intimate glipse into the life of working class families in the Chattanooga area that you won't find in the standard area histories by Livingood and Armstrong.


Montgomery Clift: A Biography
Patricia Bosworth

Originally published 1978, Reissued 2004.
Though raised in New York City, the acclaimed and tragic "method era" actor's father was from Chattanooga, and descended from William Clift, pioneer coal mine magnate of Soddy-Daisy, Clift spemt time in the area during the filming of Elia Kazan's landmark TVA movie, "Wild River," shot mainly in Bradley and Meigs Counties. Book contains some detail of Clift's Hamilton County connections, and the "Wild River" filming.


Railroads of Chattanooga
Alan A. Walker

Arcadia Publishing, 2003.
Pictoral history of railroad development in the Chattanooga area. Part of Arcadia's
"Images of Rail" series.


Soddy-Daisy (TN) (Images of America)
Sonya A. Haskins, Cathy A. Hawkins

Arcadia Publishing, 2006.
Like most "Images of America" books, this one is very photo intensive, containing over 200 photographs, many never published before. Local authors also provide a first rate short history of the community, including information about early families, prominent homes, community events, businesses, and landmarks.


Torchlight to the Cherokees
Robert Sparks Walker
MacMillan, 1931; Republished: Overmountain Press, 1993.
Pulitzer Prize nominated story of the Brainerd Mission in the Cherokee Nation. Walker's East Brainerd birthplace and home is now the site of the Chattanooga Audubon Society. The New York Times referred to the book as "an interesting and valuable addition not only to the local history of Tennessee and Georgia, but also the history of the American Indian and his relations with white civilization and government.


And to Think it Only Cost a Nickel! The Development of Public Transportation in the Chattanooga Area
David H. Steinberg
self published, 1975.
Unique monograph about the history of early public transportation in Chattanooga with special emphasis on its once extensive trolley system, long since abandoned except for the "Incline," a lone remnant that survived because of its potential as a tourist attraction.

Chattanooga Walking Tour and Historic Guide (Spiral-bound)
Maury Nicely

Stillhouse Hollow Press, 2002.
A must-have for any visitor to historic Chattanooga, Tennessee, or for the long-time resident wishing to learn more about the history, architecture, and development of the city. This 200-page guidebook is divided into 16 walking tours of the downtown area, and also contains over 100 color and black-and-white photographs of historic sites artifacts, as well as current places to go and things to do. If you are planning a trip to Chattanooga, if you are a current resident, or if you are just interested in the history of the city, Chattanooga Walking Tour and Historic Guide is an indispensable resource.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga on Your Own: An Illustrated Guide to the Battlefields
John J. Hollister

Battlefield Guide Publishers, 1977.
An illustrated guide to the battlefields with pictures of the scene 'now' & 'then' which describes the action in capsule form. This picture gude to the battlefields of Chickamauga and Chattanooga is designed to enable the visitor to tour the battlefields on his own. Pictures are used to portray the action with limited reliance on maps, and the stories of both battles are told in capsule form.

Southeast Tennessee:

Records of Rhea, a Condensed County History
T. J. Campbell

Rhea Publishing Company, 1940.
Rare out of print book with valuable information about Rhea County, Tennessee's unique history.


Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial
Ronald Kidd

Simon & Schuster, 2006.
Kidd novelizes the 1925 Scopes "Monkey Trial," re-creating it through the eyes of 15-year-old Frances Robinson. It is her father, Dayton's leading businessman, who helps instigate the trial to bring publicity to the depressed town. Frances' crush on 24 year old John Scopes, a popular coach and teacher at the high school who is convinced by her father to help with the plan, propels the action.


Mountain Spirits A Chronicle of Corn Whiskey from King James' Ulster Plantation to America's Appalachians and the Moonshine Life
Joseph Earl Dabney

Charles Scribner's Sons, 1974; Reissued 1980 (Copple House Books), and 1984 (Bright Mountain Books).
The classic study of whiskey making and blockade running in the Southern Appalachian and Cumberland Mountains. Notable for its profile and interview with legendary Monteagle moonshiner, Hamper McBee.


A Religious Orgy in Tennessee: A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial
Henry Louis Mencken

Melville House Publishing, 2006 (softcover).
The business leaders of Dayton may have naively engineered the Scopes Trial to generate publicity for the economically depressed town, but they should have heeded the warning, "be careful what you wish for," because when cynical gadfly Mencken showed up, any hope of positive press was lost. Compare to Matthew Champman's, "Trials of the Monkey." (below)


Trials of the Monkey: An Accidental Memoir
Matthew Chapman

University of North Carolina Press , 1992 (hardcover), 1996 (softcover).
Brillant, funny, outrageous at times, always fascinating story of an alcoholic descendant of Charles Darwin who journeys to Dayton, TN by bus (he lost his driver's license because of a DUI) on a quioxtic quest of self discovery, and to see the annual Scopes Trial reenactment (which he misses by a week). Important for its sensitive and sympathetic protrayal of Dayton and its people by a man who started out wanting to view the town as a stereotype.


The World's Most Famous Court Trial: Tennessee Evolution Case

Bryan College, 1990, Lawbook Exchange, Ltd., 1997, various publishers.
Billed as "a Complete Stenographic Report of the Famous Court Test of the Tennessee Anti-evolution Act, At Dayton, July 10 to 21, 1925, Including Speeches and Arguments of Attorneys." Not a fascimile reproduction of the official trial transcript, this volume is a reprint of a version of the transcript originally published, along with additional materials, by the National Book Company in 1925. It has been the key primary document of the Scopes "Monkey" Trial used by historians, playwrights, movie screenwriters, etc.


Bradley County (Tennessee County History Series)
Roy G. Lillard

Memphis State University Press. 1980.
Concise topical county history written by longtime county historian Lillard. The Tennessee County History Series was designed to produce brief, no-nonsense general histories for each county written by local authorities and suitable for use as a textbook in state or local history studies in secondary schools. These books represent an alternative to the "subscription" format traditionally much more common in county history books. The History Series books are probably of less interest to genealogists because they do not contain detailed family data.

The History of Bradley County, Tennessee
Roy G. Lillard (ed)

East Tennessee Historical Society. 1976.
Topical county history edited by longtime county historian Lillard. Probably the best general history of the county.
Not a "Heritage" or "mug" format.

History of the Rebellion in Bradley County, East Tennessee
J. S. Hurlburt, John W. Cook (ed)

Sink-Moore Publishing, Inc. 1988, (Limited edition, 1000 copies)
Originally published in 1866, this controversial book written by a staunch Unionist enraged pro-Confederate citizens of Bradley County, TN because it depicted, in often gruesome detail, Rebel guerilla activities against Union sympathizers in the county, who were considerable.
Rare, unique, and highly sought after, both as a historical source and collector's item. High quality hardcover, facscilime reprint of the original book, with brief introduction and added index.

Red Clay and Rattlesnake Springs, a History of the Cherokee Indians of Bradley County, Tennessee
James Franklin Corn

1959. 1st Ed, 1961, Walsworth Publishing Co, Cleveland, TN, 1979, 1984.
History of the Red Clay area of southwestern Bradley County, and its Native American heritage by a local Cleveland attorney and antiquarian.


Sequatchie: A Story of the Southern Cumberlands
J. Leonard Raulston, James Weston Livingood

University of Tennessee Press, 1974, 1980.
Grassroots history of the Sequatchie Valley region, an area of singular beauty in the Southern Cumberlands that has played host to a succession of pioneer peoples.

Sequatchie County
Henry R. Camp

Memphis State University Press, 1984.
Basic general topical county history.

Who Discovered America? The Amazing Story of Madoc
Zella Armstrong

Lookout Publishing Company, 1950.
Chattanooga antiquarian Armstrong published this unique book through her own printing company in Chattanooga. Notable because it details the discovery and early debate about the infamous "Chatata Wall" of supposed hieroglyphics (later determined to be of natural origin) in Bradley County, along with the "Fort Mountain" structure located in Murray County, GA. Includes drawings of the Chatata "inscriptions."

Northwest Georgia:

A Brief History of Catoosa County (GA): Up into the Hills
Jeff O'Bryant

The History Press, 2009
Join local historian Jeff O'Bryant as he brings Catoosa County, Georgia's history and valuable heritage to light. Mr. O'Bryant has been a political columnist and staff writer for the Catoosa County News since 2003.


Murray County Heritage
Murray County History Committee

W.H. Wolfe, Roswell, GA, 1988.
Detailed local history. Many illustrations. Family sketches and photographs from many contributors. Good example of a modern county "subscription" history. The "Heritage" books common today contain genealogical submissions about local families by persons who are also targeted buyers of the books. Submissions are not limited to prominent or wealthy families, nor do they always require a prepurchase, but they still do not uusally contain scholarly source citations for genealogical data.


Official History of Whitfield County, Georgia
Whitfield County History Commission

A. J. Showalter, 1936. Reprints: Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, 1976 and 1981.
A classic, well written local history that transcends the typical "leading citizen profile" focus common in county histories published during this period. Contains much information about Dalton and Whitfield County's role in the Civil War. Also important for the details it provides about the county at the time of its publication in 1936.


Carpet Capital: The Rise of a New South Industry
Randall L. Patton and David B. Parker

University of Georgia Press , 1999 (hardcover), 2003 (softcover).
Scholarly study of the rise of post World War II carpet industry in Dalton, GA. Carpet transformed Dalton, where chenille had been a cottage, then mom and pop manufacturing industry, into a textile powerhouse with its fortunes tied to legendary names like Shaheen and Shaw. The boom eventually resulted in dramatic demographic shifts. Instead of outsourcing production, the industry "insources" immigrant labor, much like New England textile did in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Creating the Modern South: Millhands and Managers in Dalton, Georgia, 1884-1984
Douglas Flamming

University of North Carolina Press , 1992 (hardcover), 1996 (softcover).
First rate, scholarly history of the Crown Cotton Mill in Dalton Georgia. More than just a standard corporate history, it serves as a socio-cultural history of the mill community of employees, and a study of textile "paternalism" gone awry.


Twice the Work of Free Labor: The Political Economy of Convict Labor in the New South
Alex Lichtenstein

Verso , 1995.
Scholarly study of the infamous Georgia convict lease system used from to by that state to administer its prisoners. Contains some details about the Dade County Coal Company and its prison (including photographs) at Cole City in Dade County, Georgia.


Look Upon The Hills
Walter Scott Bogle

Vantage Press, 1973.
In the tradition of Will Harben and other local color writers of the late 19th and early 20th century, Dalton, GA resident Bogle wrote a novel depicting the beginnings and rise of the Chenille industry (forerunner of carpet manufacturing) in the Dalton area. (The late Bogle left a number of unpublished manuscripts with the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, including one portraying the now largely forgotten Whitfield County Bohannon train robbers, whose 1897 Dalton trial was a nationwide press event.)

Northeast Alabama:

Lay Down With Dogs: The Story of Hugh Otis Bynum and the Scottsboro First Monday Bombing
Byron Woodfin

University of Alabama Press, 1997 (hardcover), 2003 (paperback).
The Scottboro Boys trials were not the only famous ones in this town's history. When Bynum, a large landowner and pioneer descendant whom the author depicts as a Faulkneresque "Big Daddy" bully, is accused of trying to kill a local attorney he had a grudge against, the place blows up (literally and figuratively) like it hadn't since the events of '31.


Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake-Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia
Dennis Covington

Hardcover: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1994; Paperback: Penguin, 1996
Sent to cover the Summerford snake handling murder trial in Scottsboro, Alabama, New York Times reporter Covington himself becomes enmeshed in the world of snake handling, discovers his own families' association with it, and eventually take up serpents himself. A fascinating literary psychodrama with historical overtones. Highly recommended.


Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South
Dan T. Carter

Louisana State University Press, Oxford University Press (several editions).
The classic history of the infamous Scottsboro Boys case. Winner of the 1970 Bancroft Prize for American historical writing and numerous other awards, the book inspired the notable and somewhat controversial 1976 TV movie "Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys."


History of Jackson County Alabama
John Robert Kennamer, Sr.

Jackson County Historical Association, Scottsboro, Alabama, 1993. (Reprint); Southern Printing & Publishing, 1935 (Original)
Standard local history of the county.

Landmarks A Pictorial History of DeKalb County Alabama
Landmarks of Dekalb County, Inc. Historical Committee

College Press, Collegedale, TN, 1993.


Tennessee, Georgia & Alabama Landmarks

Scenic Chattanooga and Beyond: A Guide for Photographers and Everyone who Enjoys Nature
Tom and Pat Cory

Marmot Valley Publishing, 1999.
Writter by Chattanooga area photography workshop legends Tom and Pat Cory, this book is a guide to the photogenic natural features found in and around the Chattanooga area. It covers parks and natural areas within a 75 mile radius of Chattanooga. The book includes reference material about the natural features, information about hiking trails including directions on how to find them. Also included is information about how to successfully photograph wildlife, landscapes, waterfalls, fall color, etc. An easy-to-use reference for photographers, and for the person who would like to know more about the natural areas, and how to find them.


Caves of Chattanooga
Larry E. Matthews

National Speleological Society, 2007.
Book explores use and commercial development of nine Chattanooga-area caves. Learn about Native American use, saltpeter mining during the War of 1812 and Civil War; and how Nickajack Cave was once the most visited cave until flooded by TVA. Read never-before-published stories of fascinating discoveries deep inside Lookout Mountain, and about the Great Cave Hoax of 1927.

Caves of Tennessee
Thomas C. Barr, Jr.
Tennessee Division of Geology, 1972 (Reprint of the 1961 edition).
This publication of the Tennessee Division of Geology catalogs 682 caves by county, with text descriptions and locations. There are 150 illustrations, either caves maps or photographs, and 58 pages of introductory text on geology and biology. Folded state cave-distribution map in back pocket.
Available directly from the National Speleological Society.
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Chattooga Descending Into the Myth of Deliverance River
John Lane

University of Georgia Press, 2005.
Like Twain's Mississippi, or Conrad's Congo, the Chattooga looms as one of the great water metaphors of inner journey and self exploration. Book is a search for the "real" Chattooga: something in between what lies between the banks and between the ears, an unforgiving lure that will violate the body and pentrate the soul. The journey includes interviews with locals who played parts in the movie. (A bit of trivia: Actor Bill McKinney, whom Ned Beatty would probably agree is one of film history's greatest villains, was born in Chattanooga, TN.)


Dead Towns of Alabama
W. Stuart Harris

University of Alabama Press, 1977 with many editions and reprints.
A classic, and one the best books of its kind. Very detailed with the kind of esoteric historical information demanded by local historians, genealogists, treasure hunters, etc. A must if you are researching Alabama.


Descriptions of Tennessee Caves
Larry E. Matthews
Tennessee Division of Geology, 1971.
This update to Barr's 1961 classic contains information on 312 new caves, as well as a few corrections or updated descriptions of caves in Barr. Includes illustrated introductory sections on paleontology and saltpeter mining. Maps of many of the caves; two foldouts. Updated state cave-distribution map in back pocket.
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Footsteps of the Cherokees: A Guide to the Eastern Homelands of the Cherokee Nation
Vicki Rozema

John F. Blair Publisher, 1995 (Reprint, 2007).
A photographic travel guide to Cherokee sites and history. Well written, good information and photos.


Georgia Place Names
Kenneth Krakow

Winship Press, 1975, 1994, 1999.
Information on names of counties, towns, rivers and creeks, post offices. militia districts, etc.


Last Train to Elkmont
Vic Weals

Silver Maple Press, 1996.
Story of the development and history of the Elkmont logging camp and resort community, later incorporated into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Elkmont contained many National Register historic structures, including the grand Wonderland Hotel. Due to National Park Service indifference, the structures were deliberately allowed to fall into ruin in what is one the greatest historic preservation travesties of the 20th century.


Lookout: The Story of a Mountain
Robert Sparks Walker

Southern Publishers, 1941. (Reprint: George C. Hudson, 1952);
Though long out of print, this book is still an excellent general history and description of the famous mountain by an outstanding writer, and of course it contains "contemporary" details about long vanished landmarks like the Lookout Mountain Hotel (now part of Covenant College). Includes much information about the Native Americans, whose name for it, transliterated, was "Chatanuga."

Rock City Barns: A Passing Era
David B. Jenkins

Silver Maple Press, 1996.
Gorgeous coffee table book that is a celebration of both regional history and outdoor advertising art. Rock City Barns provides an excellent visual catalog of hundreds of barns which sported the Rock City ad. Writer and photographer Jenkins spent thirty years capturing these vanishing relics on film: over 500 sites in 15 states are showcased in a fine, unique photographic essay.


Ruby Falls, History of
Ed Brinkley

Private Printing, 1980, 1983.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. The Chapters are: The Tour; Evangeline; The Mighty Cherokee - A Vanquished American; A City Is Born - A Mountain Looks Down; Discovery of Ruby Falls; Personnel and Operations; Geology of Lookout Mountain Caverns and Ruby Falls; Cave Humor; and Locale.


Tennessee Place Names
Larry Miller

Indiana University Press, 2001.
For the author's preface: "...designed as an aid in historical or geographical research, as well as to satisfy the curiosity of general readers. Among those who may find it of interest...are librarians ... members of historical and genealogical societies...Purpose is to provide the 'reasons' for naming Tennessee's hamlets, towns, and cities..."