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This collection of biographical essays, written by thirty-four noted historians and political scientists, chronicles the times, careers, challenges, leadership, and legacies of the fifty-seven men and one woman who have served as the state's highest elected official. The book is organized chronologically into six sections that cover Alabama's years as a US territory and its early statehood, the 1840s through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the late nineteenth-century Bourbon era, twentieth-century progressive and wartime governors, the Civil Rights era and George Wallace’ s period of influence, and recent chief executives in the post-Wallace era.
 
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

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Albert Preston Brewer
  3. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Second Edition Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Political Maps of Alabama
  2. pp. xvii-xxvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Part I. Territorial Period and Early Statehood, 1798–1847
  2. pp. 5-6
  1. Territorial Governors of the Alabama Area, 1798–1819
  2. Kit Carson Carter III
  3. pp. 7-13
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  1. William Wyatt Bibb and Thomas Bibb
  2. Daniel S. Dupre
  3. pp. 14-19
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  1. Israel Pickens
  2. Daniel S. Dupre
  3. pp. 20-24
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  1. John Murphy
  2. Hugh C. Bailey
  3. pp. 25-28
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  1. Gabriel Moore
  2. Harriet E. A. Doss
  3. pp. 29-33
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  1. Samuel B. Moore
  2. Mary Jane McDaniel
  3. pp. 34-36
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  1. John Gayle
  2. Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins
  3. pp. 37-40
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  1. Clement Comer Clay
  2. J. Mills Thornton III
  3. pp. 41-45
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  1. Hugh McVay
  2. Mary Jane McDaniel
  3. pp. 46-48
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  1. Arthur P. Bagby
  2. Mary Jane McDaniel
  3. pp. 49-53
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  1. Benjamin Fitzpatrick
  2. J. Mills Thornton III
  3. pp. 54-57
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  1. Joshua L. Martin
  2. Hugh C. Bailey
  3. pp. 58-60
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  1. Part II. Crises, Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1847–1874
  2. pp. 61-62
  1. Reuben Chapman
  2. John R. Mayfield
  3. pp. 63-67
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  1. Henry W. Collier
  2. Leah Rawls Atkins
  3. pp. 68-71
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  1. John A. Winston
  2. William L. Barney
  3. pp. 72-77
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  1. Andrew B. Moore
  2. Leah Rawls Atkins
  3. pp. 78-82
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  1. John Gill Shorter
  2. Henry M. McKiven
  3. pp. 83-86
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  1. Thomas H. Watts
  2. Henry M. McKiven
  3. pp. 87-90
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  1. Lewis E. Parsons
  2. Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins
  3. pp. 91-94
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  1. Robert M. Patton
  2. William Warren Rogers Jr.
  3. pp. 95-98
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  1. Wager Swayne
  2. Michael W. Fitzgerald
  3. pp. 99-102
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  1. William Hugh Smith
  2. Michael W. Fitzgerald
  3. pp. 103-106
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  1. Robert B. Lindsay
  2. Michael W. Fitzgerald
  3. pp. 107-110
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  1. David P. Lewis
  2. Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins
  3. pp. 111-116
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  1. Part III. The Bourbon Era, 1874–1900
  2. pp. 117-118
  1. George S. Houston
  2. William Warren Rogers
  3. pp. 119-124
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  1. Rufus W. Cobb
  2. Robert David Ward
  3. pp. 125-128
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  1. Edward A. O’Neal
  2. Mary Jane McDaniel
  3. pp. 129-132
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  1. Thomas Seay
  2. Robert David Ward
  3. pp. 133-136
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  1. Thomas G. Jones
  2. Paul McWhorter Pruitt Jr.
  3. pp. 137-142
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  1. William C. Oates
  2. Paul McWhorter Pruitt Jr.
  3. pp. 143-148
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  1. Joseph F. Johnston
  2. Michael Perman Jr.
  3. pp. 149-156
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  1. Part IV . The Progressive Era through World War II, 1900–1947
  2. pp. 157-158
  1. William J. Samford
  2. Marlene Hunt Rikard
  3. pp. 159-162
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  1. William D. Jelks
  2. David E. Alsobrook
  3. pp. 163-169
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  1. Russell M. Cunningham
  2. Marlene Hunt Rikard
  3. pp. 170-174
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  1. Braxton Bragg Comer
  2. David Alan Harris
  3. pp. 175-181
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  1. Emmet O’Neal
  2. R. B. Rosenburg
  3. pp. 182-187
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  1. Charles Henderson
  2. Lee N. Allen
  3. pp. 188-191
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  1. Thomas E. Kilby
  2. Michael A. Breedlove
  3. pp. 192-196
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  1. William W. Brandon
  2. Lee N. Allen
  3. pp. 197-200
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  1. Bibb Graves
  2. Wayne Flynt
  3. pp. 201-208
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  1. Benjamin M. Miller
  2. Glenn A. Feldman 209
  3. pp. 209-214
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  1. Frank M. Dixon
  2. Glenn A. Feldman
  3. pp. 215-220
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  1. Chauncey M. Spark
  2. Harvey H. Jackson III
  3. pp. 221-224
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  1. Part V. Post–World War II to 1999
  2. pp. 225-226
  1. James E. Folsom
  2. Carl Grafton and Anne Permaloff
  3. pp. 227-236
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  1. Gordon Persons
  2. S. Jonathan Bass
  3. pp. 237-241
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  1. John Patterson
  2. Anne Permaloff and Carl Grafton
  3. pp. 242-248
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  1. George C. Wallace
  2. Glenn T. Eskew
  3. pp. 249-264
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  1. Lurleen B. Wallace
  2. Glenn T. Eskew
  3. pp. 265-269
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  1. Albert P. Brewer
  2. Gordon E. Harvey
  3. pp. 270-274
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  1. Jere Beasley Sr.
  2. Margaret E. Armbrester and Samuel L. Webb
  3. pp. 275-276
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  1. Forrest “Fob” James Jr.
  2. William H. Stewart
  3. pp. 277-283
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  1. Guy Hunt
  2. William H. Stewart
  3. pp. 284-289
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  1. James E. Folsom Jr.
  2. William H. Stewart
  3. pp. 290-294
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  1. Part VI . The Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 295-296
  1. Don Siegelman
  2. Samuel L. Webb and Margaret E.Armbrester
  3. pp. 297-303
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  1. Robert “Bob” Renfroe Riley
  2. S. Jonathan Bass
  3. pp. 304-311
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  1. Robert Julian Bentley
  2. Margaret E. Armbrester
  3. pp. 312-318
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  1. Appendix A: Governors of Alabama
  2. pp. 319-322
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  1. Appendix B: Provenance of Governors’ Portraits
  2. pp. 323-324
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 325-330
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 331-334
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-358
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817387754
Related ISBN
9780817318437
MARC Record
OCLC
887538305
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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