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

By Wayne Flynt

An authoritative well known historical past that locations the nation in nearby and nationwide context.

Alabama is a nation jam-packed with contrasts. at the one hand, it has elected the bottom variety of ladies to the nation legislature of any nation within the union; but in line with historians it produced of the 10 most vital American girls of the twentieth century—Helen Keller and Rosa Parks. Its individuals are fanatically dedicated to conservative spiritual values; but they freely idolize tarnished soccer courses because the resource in their heroes. electorate who're wondered via Alabama's maddening resistance to alter or its really powerful experience of culture and group will locate very important clues and new realizing inside of those pages.

Written via passionate Alabamian and comprehensive historian Wayne Flynt, Alabama within the 20th Century deals aiding arguments for either detractors and admirers of the country. a local son who has lived, enjoyed, taught, debated, and grieved in the nation for 60 of the a hundred years defined, the writer doesn't cringe from stating Alabama's mess ups, corresponding to the woeful yoke of a 1901 nation structure, the oldest one within the kingdom; nor is he constrained in calling cognizance to the state's triumphs opposed to nice odds, similar to its extra special variety of army heroes and proficient athletes, its extraordinary array of writers, folks artists, and musicians, or its haunting actual attractiveness regardless of a long time of abuse.

Chapters are geared up by way of topic—politics, the economic system, schooling, African americans, girls, the army, activity, faith, literature, paintings, journalism—rather than chronologically, so the reader can digest the entire sweep of the century on a selected topic. Flynt’s writing variety is enticing, descriptive, freed from muddle, but in line with sound scholarship. This ebook bargains academics and readers alike the titanic diversity and complexity of Alabama's triumphs and occasional issues in a defining century.

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