They Also Served provides a unique look at
some of the country's most remarkable women who happened to have a strong
Alabama connection either by birth or as the site of their work. Their
individual stories, spanning two centuries, are vastly separated by history,
personal talent, and social circumstances; yet, they are distinctly similar in
the amount of time, determination, and energy the subjects devoted to their
The events of the lives of the twenty-five women are traced from birth
to death in an effort to show not only what their contributions were but also
what might have motivated them to keep going, sometimes against great odds. The
individual portraits bring the written descriptions into focus, and the
additional photographs provide a special bonus.
Reference to the historical events that parallel their lives provide
clues into their personalities and motivations and also help the reader put
their activities into perspective. The lives of these women, all who are
deceased, bring interesting, informative reading to general audiences and
provide excellent role models for young people.