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Political power in Alabama : the more things change... /
Anne Permaloff and Carl Grafton.
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Athens : University of Georgia Press, c1995.
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389 p. : ill.
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0820317217 (alk. paper)
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Athens : University of Georgia Press, c1995.
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0820317217 (alk. paper)
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1566111
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-09-01:
For students of Alabama history and government this brilliant study is a confirming and therefore disheartening analysis of that state's recent past. The authors concentrate their attention on the years from 1958 to 1970 when changes, both internal and external, finally dissolved the alliance between Black Belt planters and Jefferson County industrialists. This was a rare moment in Alabama history (only the Populist challenge of the 1890s is of equal import), when an opportunity existed for leadership to point the way toward solutions for the problems created by decades of segregation and economic inequality. With sober analysis and trenchant conclusions the authors document both the general failure of leadership and, although they do not emphasize the point, the skewed perceptions of Alabama voters. The inescapable figure in this work is George Wallace, who dominates the political stage with his almost unerring sense of how to inflict the most lasting harm on his state and his people. Except with superlatives, there is no way a short review can do justice to this study. Highly recommended for all university and college libraries. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. R. D. Ward emeritus, Georgia Southern University
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"Offers a unique look into the inner workings of a political coalition and advances a compelling explanation for the torpid pace of political change in Alabama."-Kari Frederikson, Historian
"Offers a unique look into the inner workings of a political coalition and advances a compelling explanation for the torpid pace of political change in Alabama."-Kari Frederikson,Historian
"This work covers most of the conspicuous and recurring issues of contemporary Alabama politics. Permaloff and Grafton illuminate enduring topics of economic development, education, property taxes, and the state's comprehensive political culture."- Journal of Southern History
"This work covers most of the conspicuous and recurring issues of contemporary Alabama politics. Permaloff and Grafton illuminate enduring topics of economic development, education, property taxes, and the state's comprehensive political culture."-Journal of Southern History
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Political Power in Alabama is the sequel to Anne Permaloff and Carl Grafton'sBig Mules and Branchheads, a biography of the populist governor "Big Jim" Folsom. Encompassing the years from 1958 to 1970 and the gubernatorial terms of John Patterson, George Wallace, Lurleen Wallace, and Albert Brewer, the present volume offers a full account of the breakup of theBig Mule Alliance, the elite coalition of Alabama's largest industrial and agricultural interests, and the subsequent effects on the state's political environment.Dominating Alabama politics for most of the century through disenfranchisement and control of the legislature, the "Big Mules" wanted low taxes, a minimally effective school system, no effective labor unions, a small electorate, and racial segregation. By 1958, however, the Big Mules' urban and rural elements had grown disaffected with one another, and outside forces were driving them apart. In a few years, the legislature and the electorate would be drastically restructured. Although this period could have been a time to set new policy directions for the state, say Permaloff and Grafton, many opportunities for change were squandered, establishing the politics of Alabama today and the problems facing the state.Political Power in Alabamacovers an extraordinarily complex set of issues and events, including the civil rights struggle, urban-rural disparities, the lack of party competition, the structure of the tax system, and the economic and cultural gaps separating Alabama and the rest of the South from the nation.
Unpaid Annotation
Political Power in Alabama is the sequel to Anne Permaloff and Carl Grafton's Big Mules and Branchheads, a biography of the populist governor "Big Jim" Folsom. Encompassing the years from 1958 to 1970 and the gubernatorial terms of John Patterson, George Wallace, Lurleen Wallace, and Albert Brewer, the present volume offers a full account of the breakup of the Big Mule Alliance, the elite coalition of Alabama's largest industrial and agricultural interests, and the subsequent effects on the state's political environment. Political Power in Alabama covers an extraordinarily complex set of issues and events, including the civil rights struggle, urban-rural disparities, the lack of party competition, the structure of the tax system, and the economic and cultural gaps separating Alabama and the rest of the South from the nation.
Main Description
Political Power in Alabama is the sequel to Anne Permaloff and Carl Grafton's Big Mules and Branchheads , a biography of the populist governor "Big Jim" Folsom. Encompassing the years from 1958 to 1970 and the gubernatorial terms of John Patterson, George Wallace, Lurleen Wallace, and Albert Brewer, the present volume offers a full account of the breakup of the Big Mule Alliance, the elite coalition of Alabama's largest industrial and agricultural interests, and the subsequent effects on the state's political environment. Dominating Alabama politics for most of the century through disenfranchisement and control of the legislature, the "Big Mules" wanted low taxes, a minimally effective school system, no effective labor unions, a small electorate, and racial segregation. By 1958, however, the Big Mules' urban and rural elements had grown disaffected with one another, and outside forces were driving them apart. In a few years, the legislature and the electorate would be drastically restructured. Although this period could have been a time to set new policy directions for the state, say Permaloff and Grafton, many opportunities for change were squandered, establishing the politics of Alabama today and the problems facing the state. Political Power in Alabama covers an extraordinarily complex set of issues and events, including the civil rights struggle, urban-rural disparities, the lack of party competition, the structure of the tax system, and the economic and cultural gaps separating Alabama and the rest of the South from the nation.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Lags and Gaps in Recent Alabama Historyp. 12
Gaps and State Government Policy-Makingp. 36
The 1958 Campaign and the Organization of State Government Under John Pattersonp. 69
The Enigmatic John Patterson and the Alliance at Workp. 91
The Alliance in Disarrayp. 119
Racial Conflict and the Politics of Racep. 140
Wallace's Leap to National Prominencep. 168
Wallace's Growing Popularity and Ambitionp. 211
The Governors Wallacep. 241
Albert Brewer and the Possibility of Real Changep. 269
... The More They Stay the Samep. 300
Appendixp. 319
Notesp. 327
Selected Bibliographyp. 369
Indexp. 381
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