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

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In 1934 Carl Carmer wrote that "Alabama felt a magic descending, spreading, long ago." That magic, whether long ago or in the recent past, continues to captivate and fascinate both citizens and observers from afar, and many historians have tried to capture its essence. Albert J. Pickett produced the first comprehensive history of the state in 1852, but no historian has matched his effort since A. B. Moore's 1934 work - at least not until now. Alabama: The History of a Deep South State 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. In both chronological and topical organization, the book examines traditional subjects such as politics, military events, economics, and social movements. It discusses the roles of individual leaders, from politicians to creative artists. Both general readers and careful students of Alabama history will discover less well known people and issues treated in sections devoted to race, Indians, women, and the environment. Attention is given to health, education, organized labor, civil rights, and cultural elements - from literature to sports - that have affected the lives of Alabamians. There is strong emphasis upon the common people, those who have been rightly described as the "bone and sinew" of Alabama. Each section of the book was written by a scholar with strong ties to Alabama who has devoted much of his or her professional life to the study of that period of the state's history. Although the three sections reflect individual style and interpretation, the authors have collaborated closely on overall themes and organization. The work relies on both primary sources and such important secondary works as monographs, articles, and unpublished theses and dissertations to provide fresh insights, new approaches, and new interpretations. The result is an objective look at a colorful, often controve
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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 (
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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817355982
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2010
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 790
  • Sales rank: 974,365
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.10 (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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