Alabama in the Twentieth Century (Modern South) by Wayne Flynt

By Wayne Flynt

An authoritative renowned heritage that areas the kingdom in nearby and nationwide context.Alabama is a country jam-packed with contrasts. at the one hand, it has elected the bottom variety of girls to the nation legislature of any kingdom within the union; but in response to historians it produced of the 10 most crucial American ladies of the 20 th century—Helen Keller and Rosa Parks. Its everyone is fanatically dedicated to conservative spiritual values; but they freely idolize tarnished soccer courses because the resource in their heroes. voters who're questioned via Alabama's maddening resistance to alter or its particularly powerful feel of culture and group will locate vital clues and new knowing inside of those pages.Written via passionate Alabamian and finished historian Wayne Flynt, Alabama within the 20th Century deals assisting arguments for either detractors and admirers of the nation. a local son who has lived, enjoyed, taught, debated, and grieved in the kingdom for 60 of the a hundred years defined, the writer doesn't recoil from declaring Alabama's disasters, comparable to the woeful yoke of a 1901 nation structure, the oldest one within the kingdom; nor is he constrained in calling realization to the state's triumphs opposed to nice odds, equivalent to its exceptional variety of army heroes and proficient athletes, its brilliant array of writers, people artists, and musicians, or its haunting actual attractiveness regardless of many years of abuse.Chapters are prepared by means of topic—politics, the economic system, schooling, African americans, ladies, the army, game, faith, literature, artwork, journalism—rather than chronologically, so the reader can digest the full sweep of the century on a specific topic. Flynt’s writing type is attractive, descriptive, freed from litter, but in line with sound scholarship. This booklet bargains academics and readers alike the gigantic diversity and complexity of Alabama's triumphs and coffee issues in a defining century.

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Particularly dramatic was the decline in the Black Belt, where Negro registration in 14 counties declined from 79,311 to 1,081. Among white voters the decline was less dramatic but still substantial. In 1900 the state contained 232,800 eligible white voters; three years later, only 191,500 white males were registered, a decline of 41,300 despite increasing population. Some 25,000 to 50,000 who registered did not pay their poll tax during the ¤rst year, hence becoming ineligible to vote. As decades passed, the effect of the poll tax became more punitive and exclusionary because of the accumulative feature that required voters to pay it every year from age 21 to 45 whether or not there was an election (a feature found elsewhere only in the Georgia constitution).

Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. ”2 When pronouncing Grey Poupon, He®in slowed down his comic Col. Foghorn Leghorn pronunciation even slower than usual, until it had the same ®ow as sorghum molasses on a cold December day: “Graaay Poooo-pon,” he drawled, eliciting mirth at every stop. Mountain Brook Republicans fumed. The state’s elite ¤dgeted. Ordinary citizens chortled with delight. In Alabama, every important political decision belonged rightfully to the people, or so they believed.

Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. 20 CHA P T ER ON E state corporations at rates higher than in-state businesses. Section 232 of the constitution required companies incorporated outside Alabama to establish in-state headquarters and pay a special franchise tax. Reynolds Metal Company sued the state in 1989, charging that “foreign” corporations should not be made to pay higher taxes than their “native” competitors.

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