9780817310837

Alabama Governors : A Political History of the State

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    9780817310837

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    0817310835

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Alabama Pr
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Summary

The story of Alabama's governors has been often bizarre, occasionally inspiring, but never dull. Several of the state's early governors fought duels; one killed his wife's lover. A Reconstruction era-governor barricaded himself in his administrative office and refused to give it up when voters failed to reelect him. A 20th-century governor, an alumnus of Yale, married his first cousin and served as an officer in the Ku Klux Klan. This collection of biographical essays, written by 34 noted historians and political scientists, chronicles the foibles and idiosyncrasies, in and out of office, of those who have served as the state's highest elected official. It also describes their courage; their meaningful policy initiatives; their accomplishments and failures; the complex factors that led to their actions or inaction; and the enormous consequences of their choices on the state's behalf. Taken together, the essays provide a unified history of the state, with its recurring themes of race, federal-state relations, economic development, taxation, and education. Alabama Governorsis certain to become an invaluable resource for teachers, students, librarians, journalists, and anyone interested in the colorful history and politics of the state.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Albert P. Brewer
Acknowledgments xi
Political Maps of Alabama xiii
Introduction 1(6)
Territorial and Early Statehood, 1798--1847
Territorial Governors
Winthrop Sargent
7(1)
William C. C. Claiborne
8(1)
Robert Williams
9(1)
David Holmes
10(1)
William Wyatt Bibb
11(2)
State Governors
William Wyatt Bibb
13(3)
Thomas Bibb
16(1)
Israel Pickens
17(4)
John Murphy
21(3)
Gabriel Moore
24(4)
Samuel B. Moore
28(3)
John Gayle
31(3)
Clement Comer Clay
34(4)
Hugh McVay
38(3)
Arthur P. Bagby
41(4)
Benjamin Fitzpatrick
45(3)
Joshua L. Martin
48(5)
Crises, Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1847-1874
Reuben Chapman
53(4)
Henry W. Collier
57(4)
John A. Winston
61(4)
Andrew B. More
65(5)
John Gill Shorter
70(3)
Thomas H. Watts
73(4)
Lewis E. Parsons
77(3)
Robert M. Patton
80(3)
Wager Swayne
83(4)
William Hugh Smith
87(3)
Robert B. Lindsay
90(4)
David P. Lewis
94(7)
The Bourbon Era, 1974--1900
George S. Houston
101(5)
Rufus W. Cobb
106(3)
Edward A. O'Neal
109(4)
Thomas Seay
113(3)
Thomas G. Jones
116(6)
William C. Oates
122(5)
Joseph F. Johnston
127(10)
The Progressive Era through World War II 1900--1947
William J. Samford
137(3)
William D. Jelks
140(7)
Russel M. Cunningham
147(3)
Braxton Bragg Comer
150(7)
Emment O'Neal
157(5)
Charles Henderson
162(4)
Thomas E. Kilby
166(4)
William W. Brandon
170(3)
Bibb Graves
173(7)
Benjamin M. Miller
180(5)
Frank M. Dixon
185(5)
Chauncey M. Sparks
190(7)
Post--World War II to 1987
James E. Folsom
197(9)
Gordon Persons
206(4)
John Pattersons
210(6)
George C. Wallace
216(14)
Lurleen B. Wallace
230(5)
Albert P. Brewer
235(4)
Jere Beasley Sr.
239(4)
The Post-Wallace Era
Forrest (``Fob'') James Jr.
243(6)
Guy Hunt
249(5)
James E. Folosm
254(3)
Don Siegelman
257(4)
Appendix: Governors of Alabama 261(2)
Select Bibliography 263(4)
Contributors 267(4)
Index 271

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