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- Alabama Governors: A Political History of the State
- Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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The political careers of these fifty-eight individuals reflect the story of Alabama itself. Taken together, these essays provide a unified history of the state, with its recurring themes of race, federal-state relations, tensions between north and south Alabama, economic development, taxation, and education.
Alabama Governors expertly delineates the decisions and challenges of the chief executives, their policy initiatives, their accomplishments and failures, and the lasting impact of their terms. The book also includes the true and sometimes scandalous anecdotes that pepper Alabama’ s storied history. Several of the state's early governors fought duels; one killed his wife's lover. A Reconstruction era-governor barricaded himself in his office and refused to give it up when voters failed to reelect him. A twentieth-century governor, an alumnus of Yale, served as an officer in the Ku Klux Klan.
This entirely updated and revised edition includes enlarged and enhanced images of each governor. Published as Alabama prepares for its sixty-fourth gubernatorial election, Alabama Governors is certain to become an valuable resource for teachers, students, librarians, journalists, and anyone interested in the colorful history of Alabama politics.
Table of Contents
- Part I. Territorial Period and Early Statehood, 1798–1847
- pp. 5-6
- Part II. Crises, Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1847–1874
- pp. 61-62
- Part III. The Bourbon Era, 1874–1900
- pp. 117-118
- Part IV . The Progressive Era through World War II, 1900–1947
- pp. 157-158
- Part V. Post–World War II to 1999
- pp. 225-226
- Part VI . The Twenty-First Century
- pp. 295-296