Publications

Getting Out of the Mud: The Alabama Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898-1928.  University of Alabama Press, July 2017.

Editor, The Great War and the Heart of Dixie: Alabama and World War I. University of Alabama Press, September 2008.

Articles and Chapters:

“Getting on the Map: Alabama’s Good Roads Pathfinding Campaigns, 1911-1912,” The Alabama Review: A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History, 68: 1 (January 2015), 3-30.  Winner of the the Alabama Historical Association Milo B. Howard Award for 2016.  DOI: 10.1353/ala.2015.0004

“Getting Farmers—and Tourists—’Out of the Mud’: Alabama’s Response to the Federal Road Aid Acts of 1916 and 1921,” 229-260, in Nation Within a Nation:  The American South and the Federal Government, edited by Glenn Feldman, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014.

“The Most Famous Good Roads Woman in the United States:  Alma Rittenberry of Birmingham,” The Alabama Review: A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History 63: 2 (April 2010):  83-109. DOI: 10.1353/ala.2010.0033

“Introduction:  Alabama, April 1917,” 1-23, in The Great War and the Heart of Dixie: Alabama and World War I.  University of Alabama Press, September 2008.

“‘Can All We Can, and Can the Kaiser, Too’:  The Montgomery Cooperative Canning Club,” 169-184, in The Great War and the Heart of Dixie: Alabama and World War I. University of Alabama Press, September 2008.

“Prattville, Alabama:  Methodism, Capitalism, Utopia, and the Antebellum Mill Village,” Pioneer America Society Transactions (PAST) 24 (2001):  43-55.

Les Amis d’Escoffier and the Post-Depression Labor Market for Chefs de Cuisine in America,” Essays in Economic and Business History 19 (2001):  179-193.

“‘Just Another Day on the Plains’:  The Desegregation of Auburn University, 1964.” The Alabama Review:  A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History 54: 2 (April 2001):  104-144.

“Documenting Industry and Labor in Alabama:  Can a Documentation Strategy Model Work?, “Provenance: Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists 16 (1998, publ. in 2000):  55-74. Winner of the David Gracy, III, Award for best article published in Provenance in 1998.

“Pratt’s Vision of an Industrial City,” 18-30, in Randall Miller and Curt Evans, eds., The World of Daniel Pratt (Montgomery, AL: The Black Belt Press, 1999).

“Life and Work in a Progressive Cotton Community:  Prattville, Alabama, 1846-1860,” Agricultural History, 68, no. 2 (Spring 1994):  51-61. [reprinted in David O. Whitten, Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin, 1793-1993.  Washington, DC: The Agricultural History Society, 1994.]

“Sparkin’, Fancy Balls, and Dramshops:  Early Entertainments in Boomtown Birmingham, 1871-1875,” Essays in Business and Economic History 12 (1994):  275-286.

Shorter Works (Peer Reviewed):

“John Asa Rountree, Encyclopedia of Alabama, November 6, 2015. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-3633 .

“Alma Rittenberry,” Encyclopedia of Alabama, August 13, 2015. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-3697

“Bullard, Robert Lee (Maj. Gen.),” in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, October 8, 2014.  http://encyclopedia.1914-1918- online.net/article/Robert_Lee_Bullard

“The Good Roads Movement in Alabama,” Encyclopedia of Alabama, June 23, 2014. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-3599

“Audience for Local History,” 48-50, in The Encyclopedia of Local History, 2nd ed., by Carol Kammen and Amy Wilson, Lanham, MD:  AASLH and AltaMira Press, 2013.

“Auburn University,” Encyclopedia of Alabama, August 8, 2008. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1649

“World War I in Alabama,” Encyclopedia of Alabama, May 22, 2008. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1545

Contributor, “Alabama:  The Heart of Dixie,” World Book Encyclopedia, 2008, 256-279.

“Charles Ranhofer,” in Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age, ed. Leonard Schlup and James G. Ryan.  Armonk, NY:  M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 2003.  407-08.

“Culinary Arts,” in Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age, ed. Leonard Schlup and James G. Ryan.  Armonk, NY:  M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 2003.  116-17.

“East Coast Plutocracy,” in Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age, ed. Leonard Schlup and James G. Ryan.  Armonk, NY:  M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 2003.  145.

“James R. Powell.” American National Biography.  London:  Oxford University Press, 1999.

“Daniel Pratt.” American National Biography.  London:  Oxford University Press, 1999.

“Charles Scotto.” American National Biography.  London:  Oxford University Press, 1999.

Book Reviews

Review of The Enemy Within Never Did Without”: German and Japanese Prisoners of War at Camp Huntsville, 1942–1945, ed. by Jeffrey L. Littlejohn and Charles H. Ford, 2015. For The Journal of Southern History 82, no. 4 (November 2016): 971-972. DOI: 10.1353/soh.2016.0302

Review of The Four Freedoms: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Evolution of an American Idea, by Jeffrey Engel.  For H-War, published May 16, 2016, https://networks.h-net.org/node/12840/reviews/125344/olliff-engel-four-freedoms-franklin-d-roosevelt-and-evolution-american.

Review of The Yellowhammer War, The Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama, edited by Kenneth W. Noe, Tuscaloosa, AL:  University of Alabama Press, 2013.  For Civil War History 61, no. 3 (September 2015): 319-21.  DOI: 10.1353/cwh.2015.0053

Review of Food At Sea: Shipboard Cuisine from Ancient to Modern Times, by Simon Spalding, Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.  For Sea History, 151 (Summer 2015): 54-55.

Review of A Working People: A History of African American Workers Since Emancipation, by Steven A. Reich, Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.  For The Alabama Review 67, no. 4 (October 2014):  413-416. DOI: 10.1353/ala.2014.0038

Review of Diamonds in the Rough: A History of Alabama’s Cahaba Coal Field, by James Sanders Day, Tuscaloosa, AL:  University of Alabama Press, 2013.  For The Alabama Review 67, no. 3 (July 2014):  296-299. DOI: 10.1353/ala.2014.0019

Review of Carry It On: The War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, 1964-1972, by Susan Youngblood Ashmore.  For The Alabama Review, 63, no. 4 (October 2010):  282-283. DOI: 10.1353/ala.2010.0013

Review of Alabama Blast Furnaces, by Joseph H. Woodward, II.  For H-Southern Industry, June 2008.  http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=14563

Review of Profiles in Courage for Our Time , ed. Caroline Kennedy.  In The Alabama Review 57, no. 3 (July 2004):  216-18.

Review of The Conquest of Labor:  Daniel Pratt and Southern Industrialization, by Curt Evans.  In Gulf South Historical Review 18, no. 2 (Spring 2003):  92-94.

Review of Tannehill by James Bennett.  In Gulf South Historical Review 16, no. 2 (Spring 2001): 37-39.

Review of The Political Economy of American Industrialization, 1877-1900, by Richard Franklin Bensel.  In History: Reviews of New Books 29, no. 4 (July 2001): 152.

Review of Whittaker’s Almanack World Heads of State and World Heads of Government, ed.

Roger East.  In Journal of Government Information, 26: 4 (July-August 1999).

Review of The Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Volumes 14-17, ed. Louis Galambos and Daun Van Ee.  In The Alabama Review 51, no. 2 (April 1998):  148.

Review of From Hills and Hollers:  The Poultry Industry in Arkansas, by Stephen Strausberg.  In The Alabama Review 51, no. 2 (April 1998):  149.

Review of Iron and Steel:  Class, Race, and Community in Birmingham, Alabama, 1875-1920, by Henry M. McKiven.  In Gulf Coast Historical Review 12, no. 2 (Spring 1997):  147.