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A new and up-to-date edition of Alabama’s history to celebrate the state’s bicentennial.

Alabama: The History of a Deep South State, Bicentennial Edition is a comprehensive narrative account of the state from its earliest days to the present. This edition, updated to celebrate the state’s bicentennial year, offers a detailed survey of the colorful, dramatic, and often controversial turns in Alabama’s evolution. Organized chronologically and divided into three main sections—the first concluding in 1865, the second in 1920, and the third bringing the story to the present—makes clear and interprets the major events that occurred during Alabama’s history within the larger context of the South and the nation.
 
Once the home of aboriginal inhabitants, Alabama was claimed and occupied by a number of European nations prior to becoming a permanent part of the United States in 1819. A cotton and slave state for more than half of the nineteenth century, Alabama seceded in 1861 to join the Confederate States of America, and occupied an uneasy and uncertain place in America’s post-Civil War landscape. Alabama’s role in the twentieth century has been equally tumultuous and dramatic.
 
General readers as well as scholars will welcome this up-to-date and scrupulously researched history of Alabama, which examines such traditional subjects as politics, military history, economics, race, and class. It contains essential accounts devoted to Native Americans, women, and the environment, as well as detailed coverage of health, education, organized labor, civil rights, and the many cultural developments, from literature to sport, that have enriched Alabama’s history. The stories of individual leaders, from politicians to creative artists, are also highlighted. A key facet of this landmark historical narrative is the strong emphasis placed on the common everyday people of Alabama, those who have been rightly described as the “bone and sinew” of the state.

Table of Contents

  1. Cove
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface to the Bicentennial Edition
  2. Wayne Flynt
  3. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Alabama: A Prospect
  2. pp. xv-xxviii
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  1. Part One: From Early Times to the End of the Civil War
  2. Leah Rawls Atkins
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  1. 1. Native Peoples of Alabama
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. 2. European Exploration and Colonization in Alabama
  2. pp. 18-35
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  1. 3. Creeks and Americans at War
  2. pp. 36-53
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  1. 4. Land in the Alabama Wilderness Beckons
  2. pp. 54-66
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  1. 5. The Early Years: Defining the Issues
  2. pp. 67-77
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  1. 6. The Early Years: Confronting the Issues
  2. pp. 78-92
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  1. 7. The Cotton Kingdom
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. 8. Antebellum Society
  2. pp. 113-135
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  1. 9. Party Politics and States’ Rights
  2. pp. 136-150
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  1. 10. Yancey and the Alabama Platform
  2. pp. 151-169
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  1. 11. The Secession Crisis
  2. pp. 170-185
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  1. 12. At War with the Union
  2. pp. 186-202
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  1. 13. The Home Front
  2. pp. 203-222
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  1. Part Two: From 1865 through 1920
  2. William Warren Rogers, Robert David Ward
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  1. 14. Reconstruction: The Second Beginning
  2. pp. 225-240
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  1. 15. Radical Reconstruction
  2. pp. 241-258
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  1. 16. The Bourbon Oligarchy and the New Old South
  2. pp. 259-276
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  1. 17. The Agricultural Alternative and the Rise of Industry
  2. pp. 277-287
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  1. 18. New Winds and Old Voices
  2. pp. 288-304
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  1. 19. The Defeat of Reform
  2. pp. 305-319
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  1. 20. Politics, Education, and the “Splendid Little War”
  2. pp. 320-342
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  1. 21. The Constitution of 1901
  2. pp. 343-354
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  1. 22. The Chimerical Impulse of Progressivism
  2. pp. 355-375
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  1. 23. Women in Alabama from 1865 to 1920
  2. pp. 376-391
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  1. 24. Domestic Issues, the Creative State, and the Great War
  2. pp. 392-408
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  1. Part Three: From the 1920s to 2018
  2. Wayne Flynt
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  1. 25. The Politics of Reform and Stability during the 1920s
  2. pp. 411-442
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  1. 26. Change and Stability during the Roaring Twenties
  2. pp. 443-464
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  1. 27. Hard Times, 1930–1940
  2. pp. 465-493
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  1. 28. How New a Deal in Alabama?
  2. pp. 494-509
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  1. 29. A State Forged by War, 1940–1954
  2. pp. 510-523
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  1. 30. The Flowering of Alabama Liberalism: Politics and Society during the 1940s and 1950s
  2. pp. 524-544
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  1. 31. A Time to Hate: Racial Confrontation, 1955–1970
  2. pp. 545-565
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  1. 32. Racial Politics and Economic Stagnation
  2. pp. 566-588
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  1. 33. A Time to Heal: Struggling to Find a New Vision, 1970–2018
  2. pp. 589-620
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  1. 34. Gender, “Jocks,” and Shakespeare: Alabama Society and Culture, 1970–2018
  2. pp. 621-644
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  1. Alabama: Past and Future
  2. pp. 645-654
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  1. Appendix A: Governors of Alabama
  2. pp. 655-658
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  1. Appendix B: Counties of Alabama
  2. pp. 659-662
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 663-690
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 691-736
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 737-786
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  1. About the Authors
  2. p. 787
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817391669
Related ISBN
9780817319748
MARC Record
OCLC
1050979622
Pages
816
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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