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
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 The work relies on both primary sources and such important secondary works as monographs, articles, and unpublished theses and dissertations to provide fresh insights, new approaches, and new interpretations.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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817355982
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
03/03/2010
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
790
Sales rank:
889,993
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.10(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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