This learn demanding situations the long-held view that the single important
and influential politicians in post-Reconstruction Deep South states
In this insightful and exhaustively researched quantity, Samuel L. Webb
presents new proof that, opposite to well known trust, citizens in at least
one Deep South country didn't flee en masse from the Republican party
after Reconstruction. As Webb demonstrates conclusively, the celebration gained
strength between white citizens in Upcountry components of northern Alabama between
1896 and 1920. not just did GOP presidential applicants win greater than a
dozen sector counties yet Republican congressional applicants made progress
in Democratic strongholds, and native GOP officers received control
of a number of county courthouses.
Nor have been those new Republicans easily the descendants of anti-Confederate
families, as a few historians have claimed. really, they have been former independents,
Greenbackers, and Populists, who, in accordance with the Eighteen Nineties Populist movement,
were reacting opposed to what they perceived because the regulate of the Democratic
party through "moneyed elites" and planter landlords. Webb additionally breaks
with past old opinion via exhibiting that ex-Populists within the Hill
Country, who have been radical reformers throughout the Nineties, remained reform
minded after 1900.
Webb's ground-breaking reassessment of Alabama kingdom politics from Reconstruction
to the Twenties describes a humans whose political tradition had powerful roots
in the democratic and egalitarian Jacksonian ideology that ruled north
Alabama within the antebellum interval. those humans carried ahead elements
of Jacksonianism into the past due nineteenth century, with its tenets continuing
to impression them good into the early twentieth century.
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