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Waxahachie: Where cotton reigned king, released

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Matthew Riley
The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - Kelly McMichael Stott, a resident of Midlothian, has completed a book about the history of Waxahachie titled, 'Waxahachie: Where Cotton Reigned King.' The book is a part of the Making of America book series.

Recently, Stott held a book signing at the College Street Bookstore in Waxa-hachie. Stott said while she was working on her doctorate the idea came to her about writing the book.

'I was driving west on Main Street in Waxahachie when I thought how nice it would be to write a book about the community,' Stott stated in the book's introduction.

Stott felt she would have to wait until she was a tenured professor before she could write the book. The book was released on Nov. 15.

'I owe a large debt of gratitude to Shannon Simpson at the Ellis County Museum, who provided me helpful insights to sources and point the way to finding the many wonderful pictures included in the book. The book, which deals with the history and development of Waxahachie, is a chronicle of the city using in-depth text and rare photos, some dating back as much as 100 years. The book sells for $24.99 and is available at area Barnes and Noble stores, Borders, Walden-books, Books-a-Million, and at www.arcadia publishing.com. Stott received her Ph.D. in U.S. History at the University of North Texas in August 2001. She received her M. A. in American Studies/History from Baylor University in May 1994. Stott received her B.A. in U.S. History from Texas A&M University in Dec. 1990. Her areas of specialization include women's studies, southern history, late 19th and early 20th-century United States history, and American social/cultural history.

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