Alabama: The History of a Deep South State / Edition 2

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Once the home of aboriginal inhabitants, Alabama was claimed and occupied by European nations, later to become a permanent part of the United States. A cotton and slave state for more than half of the 19th century, Alabama declared its independence and joined another nation, the Confederate States of America, for its more than four-year history. The state assumed an uneasy and uncertain place in the 19th century’s last 35 years. Its role in the 20th century has been tumultuous but painfully predictable. This comprehensive history, written in the last decade of that century, presents, explains, and interprets the major events that occurred during Alabama’s history within the larger context of the South and the nation.
Alabama: The History of a Deep South State is the first completely new comprehensive account of the state since A.B. Moore’s 1935 work. Divided into three main sections, the first concluding in 1865, the second in 1920, and the third bringing the story to the present, the book’s organization is both chronological and topical.
General readers will welcome this modern history of Alabama, which examines such traditional subjects as politics, military events, economics, and broad social movements. Of equal value are sections devoted to race, Indians, women, and the environment, as well as detailed coverage of health, education, organized labor, civil rights, and the many cultural elements—from literature to sport—that have enriched Alabama’s history. The roles of individual leaders, from politicians to creative artists, are discussed. There is as well strong emphasis on the common people, those Alabamians who have been rightly described as the “bone and sinew” of the state.
Each section of the book was written by a scholar who has devoted much of his or her professional life to the study of that period of Alabama’s past, and although the three sections reflect individual style and interpretation, the authors have collaborated closely on overall themes and organization. The result is an objective look at the colorful, often controversial, state’s past. The work relies both on primary sources and such important secondary sources as monographs, articles, and unpublished theses and dissertations to provide fresh insights, new approaches, and new interpretations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Fresh, compelling, insightful—the authoritative Alabama history for today’s readers and those of the 21st century.” -Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton, University of Alabama at Birmingham

“This work is authoritative, yet entertaining. Alabamians will not only understand their own rich heritage; they will experience anew the complex forces that have made Alabama what it is today.” -Kenneth R. Johnston, University of NorthAlabama

"Alabama history enthusiasts, teachers, and practictioners are encouraged to update tehir libraries with this new edition."—Stephen Goldfarb for Alabama Heritage

A comprehensive historical survey of Alabama from its pre-contact aboriginal inhabitants to the present. The work of four authors, the volume is divided into three sections, the first concluding with the South's defeat in 1865, the second ending with the beginning of the Jazz Age in 1920, and the third bringing the story into 1993. Note: CiP shows title as main entry. Paper edition (0714-1), $29.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817316990
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2010
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 790
  • Sales rank: 1,415,779
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William Warren Rogers, a native of Greenville,  is a retired Professor of History at The Florida State University.
The late Robert David Ward, born in Montevallo,  was Professor Emeritus of History at Georgia Southern University.
Leah Rawls Atkins, a native of Birmingham, is Director Emerita of the Carol Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Auburn University.
Wayne Flynt, was born in Mississippi and grew up in Dothan and Anniston, is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Auburn University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Alabama: A Prospect
Pt. 1 From Early Times to the End of the Civil War
1 Native Peoples of Alabama 3
2 European Exploration and Colonization in Alabama 18
3 Creeks and Americans at War 36
4 Land in the Alabama Wilderness Beckons 54
5 The Early Years: Defining the Issues 67
6 The Early Years: Confronting the Issues 78
7 The Cotton Kingdom 93
8 Antebellum Society 113
9 Party Politics and States' Rights 136
10 Yancey and the Alabama Platform 151
11 The Secession Crisis 170
12 At War with the Union 186
13 The Home Front 203
Pt. 2 From 1865 through 1920
14 Reconstruction: The Second Beginning 225
15 Radical Reconstruction 241
16 The Bourbon Oligarchy and the New Old South 259
17 The Agricultural Alternative and the Rise of Industry 277
18 New Winds and Old Voices 288
19 The Defeat of Reform 305
20 Politics, Education, and the "Splendid Little War" 320
21 The Constitution of 1901 343
22 The Chimerical Impulse of Progressivism 355
23 Women in Alabama from 1865 to 1920 376
24 Domestic Issues, the Creative State, and the Great War 392
Pt. 3 From the 1920s to the 1990s
25 The Politics of Reform and Stability during the 1920s 411
26 Change and Stability during the Roaring Twenties 443
27 Hard Times, 1930-1940 465
28 How New a Deal in Alabama? 494
29 A State Forged by War, 1940-1954 510
30 The Flowering of Alabama Liberalism: Politics and Society during the 1940s and 1950s 524
31 A Time to Hate: Racial Confrontation, 1955-1970 545
32 Racial Politics and Economic Stagnation 566
33 A Time to Heal: Struggling to Find a New Vision, 1970-1990 589
34 Gender, "Jocks," and Shakespeare: Alabama Society and Culture, 1970-1993 607
Alabama: Past and Future 623
Appendix A: Governors of Alabama 631
Appendix B: Counties of Alabama 635
Notes 639
Bibliography 673
Index 717
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