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

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

by William Warren Rogers Sr, Leah Rawls Atkins, Robert D. Ward, Wayne Flynt
     
 

ISBN-10: 081731699X

ISBN-13: 9780817316990

Pub. Date: 03/03/2010

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817316990
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
03/03/2010
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
790
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Alabama: A Prospect
Pt. 1From Early Times to the End of the Civil War
1Native Peoples of Alabama3
2European Exploration and Colonization in Alabama18
3Creeks and Americans at War36
4Land in the Alabama Wilderness Beckons54
5The Early Years: Defining the Issues67
6The Early Years: Confronting the Issues78
7The Cotton Kingdom93
8Antebellum Society113
9Party Politics and States' Rights136
10Yancey and the Alabama Platform151
11The Secession Crisis170
12At War with the Union186
13The Home Front203
Pt. 2From 1865 through 1920
14Reconstruction: The Second Beginning225
15Radical Reconstruction241
16The Bourbon Oligarchy and the New Old South259
17The Agricultural Alternative and the Rise of Industry277
18New Winds and Old Voices288
19The Defeat of Reform305
20Politics, Education, and the "Splendid Little War"320
21The Constitution of 1901343
22The Chimerical Impulse of Progressivism355
23Women in Alabama from 1865 to 1920376
24Domestic Issues, the Creative State, and the Great War392
Pt. 3From the 1920s to the 1990s
25The Politics of Reform and Stability during the 1920s411
26Change and Stability during the Roaring Twenties443
27Hard Times, 1930-1940465
28How New a Deal in Alabama?494
29A State Forged by War, 1940-1954510
30The Flowering of Alabama Liberalism: Politics and Society during the 1940s and 1950s524
31A Time to Hate: Racial Confrontation, 1955-1970545
32Racial Politics and Economic Stagnation566
33A Time to Heal: Struggling to Find a New Vision, 1970-1990589
34Gender, "Jocks," and Shakespeare: Alabama Society and Culture, 1970-1993607
Alabama: Past and Future623
Appendix A: Governors of Alabama631
Appendix B: Counties of Alabama635
Notes639
Bibliography673
Index717

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