Alabama in the Twentieth Century

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Dr.. Jeff Frederick, Professor and Dean of the College (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: Wayne Flynt has written an intensely personal account of his home state in Alabama in the Twentieth Century. Similar to C. Vann Woodward in his regional study Origins of the New South and W.J. Cash in The Mind of the South, Flynt is conflicted by the legions of inconsistencies, tragedies, and sins committed in the state where he has spent a career as a scholar and advocate for the state's underclass. Three paragraphs into this book, Flynt admits to being both "ashamed" and "proud" to be an Alabamian. This ability to see both the best and worst of the state has made much of Flynt's work--Poor but Proud, Alabama Baptists, Dixie's Forgotten Peoples, coauthor of Alabama: History of a Deep South State--required reading for any student of the state's eventful past. "To me," he concludes, "the fullness or emptiness is of less interest than the halfness. Why does a state with so much human and natural potential settle so often for mediocrity?" (p. xii).

Additional Information

Georgia Historical Quarterly, 90 (3)
Language: English
Date: 2006
Alabama, History, Politics, Economy, Education, African Americans, Women, Military, Armed Forces, Sports, Religion, Literature, Art, Journalism

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