The Muscle Shoals: First Frontier of these United States is an in-depth study of a unique place in the wilds of American history. A tumbling stretch of rough water on the Tennessee River first populated by the Cherokee and Chickasaw people, the Muscle Shoals would become a magnet for settlement and trade—as well as the object of schemes and dreams, speculation, plans, and politics.
“Insightful, entertaining, important. . . . Necessary reading for anyone interested in Southern history and culture and the process of economic change in modern America.” — Carroll Van West, PhD, Director, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, Tennessee State Historian
“[Rosenbaum’s] knowledge and experience, as well as his keen insight, bring depth, roundedness, and context to a local spot with unexpected national significance.” — Jay Lamar, Executive Director, Alabama Bicentennial Commission
“Those who know the central Tennessee River Valley will find this an engrossing and enlightening book, but it should also appeal to a broader audience concerned with the complexities, subtleties, and significance of any given geographic area.” — Richard Longstreth, Professor of American Studies, Emeritus, George Washington University