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Alabama in the Twentieth Century / Edition 2

by Wayne Flynt
     
 

ISBN-10: 081731430X

ISBN-13: 9780817314309

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

An authoritative popular history that places the state in regional and national context.

Alabama is a state full of contrasts. On the one hand, it has elected the lowest number of women to the state legislature of any state in the union; yet according to historians it produced two of the ten most important American women of the 20th century—Helen

Overview

An authoritative popular history that places the state in regional and national context.

Alabama is a state full of contrasts. On the one hand, it has elected the lowest number of women to the state legislature of any state in the union; yet according to historians it produced two of the ten most important American women of the 20th century—Helen Keller and Rosa Parks. Its people are fanatically devoted to conservative religious values; yet they openly idolize tarnished football programs as the source of their heroes. Citizens who are puzzled by Alabama's maddening resistance to change or its incredibly strong sense of tradition and community will find important clues and new understanding within these pages.

Written by passionate Alabamian and accomplished historian Wayne Flynt, Alabama in the Twentieth Century offers supporting arguments for both detractors and admirers of the state. A native son who has lived, loved, taught, debated, and grieved within the state for 60 of the 100 years described, the author does not flinch from pointing out Alabama's failures, such as the woeful yoke of a 1901 state constitution, the oldest one in the nation; neither is he restrained in calling attention to the state's triumphs against great odds, such as its phenomenal number of military heroes and gifted athletes, its dazzling array of writers, folk artists, and musicians, or its haunting physical beauty despite decades of abuse.

Chapters are organized by topic—politics, the economy, education, African Americans, women, the military, sport, religion, literature, art, journalism—rather than chronologically, so the reader can digest the whole sweep of the century on a particular subject. Flynt’s writing style is engaging, descriptive, free of clutter, yet based on sound scholarship. This book offers teachers and readers alike the vast range and complexity of Alabama's triumphs and low points in a defining century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817314309
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Modern South Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Prefacexi
Introductionxv
Part 1Alabama's Political Economy
1In the Beginning: The 1901 Constitution3
2Every Man for Himself: Politics, Alabama Style29
3Selling Alabama: The Economy107
Part 2Alabama's Society
4Life from the Bottom Up: Society175
5Teaching the People: Education220
6On and Off the Pedestal: Women251
7Counting behind White Folks: African Americans317
8Fighting Mad: Alabamians at War373
9Beyond the Game: The Social Significance of Sports407
Part 3Alabama's Culture
10What Would Jesus Do? Religion443
11Plain and Fancy: Folk and Elite Culture485
Notes533
Bibliography545
Index579

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