Category Archives: Alabama Political History

Southern Academia’s Palpable Confederate Legacy

Aside from being Orwellian, the effort under way at many of the South’s premiere universities to expunge their Confederate past strikes me as, well, a bit Kafkaesque, if not a little tragicomedic. For better or worse, the Confederacy has left … Continue reading

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Henry Wallace: Anti-Fascist Jeremiah?

“P*ss on my leg, but don’t tell me it’s rainin’” was the earthy language my father employed whenever he suspected someone was trying to sell him a rhetorical bill of goods. Well, it appears the Editorial Board of the New … Continue reading

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“Don’t Cry for Me, Alabama!”

Driving to breakfast early this morning, I heard on the radio that the Alabama House of Representatives would begin deliberation on the impeachment of the Goobernator, Robert Bentley, sometime next week. This report was followed by accounts of the skies over … Continue reading

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When Alabama Republicans Were Purple

A couple of weeks ago, I finished Jon Meacham’s most recent book, “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George H.W. Bush.” It is an unusually well-researched and well-written biography. The chapters dealing with Bush’s 1980 presidential campaign bring back … Continue reading

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Tale of a Southern Unionist Recalcitrant

I couldn’t let St. Andrews Day pass today without honoring a distant Scottish-American forebear of mine: Robert Malone Guttery, my great(4) grandfather. Guttery was a largely self-educated Primitive Baptist minister who possessed an apparently superhuman reservoir of human courage. Considered … Continue reading

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America’s Pink Elephant

I am working through the last chapters of Fred Kaplan’s masterful biography of our sixth president:  “John Quincy Adams: American Visionary.” It’s a fine piece of work.  And one of the remarkable points it drives home, whether intentionally or unintentionally, … Continue reading

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A Gallery, a Governor and a Troubled Legacy

I recall it as one of the most remarkable happenstances of my life. Nineteen years ago, working as a news and public affairs specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, I was in my native north Alabama with a coworker … Continue reading

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