A Century of Controversy

Author: Bailey Thomson
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817312188
Format: PDF, Docs
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State constitutions don't get the attention they deserve. They are important historical documents, and they have considerable influence on state and local government. Alabama's constitution is, according to the scholars and journalists who know it well, one of the longest (more than 315,000 words) and worst.

Public Opinion in Alabama

Author: Cal Clark
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739145436
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book provides an in-depth examination of public opinion in Alabama to see whether it follows the stereotype of ideological and partisan polarization in the United States. The authors show that even in such a staunchly conservative state, public opinion is considerably more nuanced and complex than this stereotype, suggesting a need to transcend the competing conservative and liberal orthodoxies.

Understanding State Constitutions

Author: G. Alan Tarr
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691188556
Format: PDF
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For many Americans, the word "constitution" means just one thing: the national Constitution. According to a recent survey, almost half do not know that individual states also have constitutions. Scholars have also paid little attention to state constitutions, favoring the apparently more dynamic and significant federal scene. G. Alan Tarr seeks to change that in this landmark book. A leading authority on state legal issues, he combines history, law, and political science to present a thorough and long-needed account of the distinct and important role of state constitutions in American life. Tarr shows that state constitutional politics are dominated by three crucial issues with little salience at the national level: the distribution of power among groups and regions within states, the scope of state and local governmental authority, and the relation of the state to economic activity. He explains how state constitutions differ from the national Constitution in treating not only matters of high principle but also such mundane subjects as ski trails and motor vehicle revenues. He also explores why state constitutions, unlike their federal counterpart, have been so frequently amended and replaced. Tarr concludes that the United States not only has a system of dual constitutionalism but also has dual constitutional cultures. Powerfully argued and meticulously researched, the book fills an important gap in political and legal studies and finally gives state constitutions the scholarly attention they richly deserve.

Alabama in the Twentieth Century

Author: Wayne Flynt
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 081731430X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A multifaceted study of Alabama's history over the course of the twentieth century features chapters on politics, education, women, religion, the arts, the military, and other vital topics, covering both Alabama's triumphs and low points.

Political Encyclopedia of U S States and Regions

Author: Donald P. Haider-Markel
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1452267359
Format: PDF
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An essential reference to and expert analysis of government and politics in all 50 states and the US territories This innovative and useful reference fills the need for practical information and conceptual analysis of the roles and functions of state government by providing accessible state-by-state and regional overviews of government and politics. Features include substantive essays; in-depth profiles of each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories; an encyclopedic A to Z section with entries covering the overarching concepts, structures, and processes that are important to state and local government, and politics in general; and a detailed section on data and statistics emphasizing historical and demographic trends that have helped shape regional and state government and politics.

Alabama Politics in the Twenty First Century

Author: William H. Stewart
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817319271
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Alabama Politics in the Twenty-First Century is an expansive and accessible primer on Alabama state politics, past and present, which provides an in-depth appreciation and understanding of the twenty-second state's distinctive political machinery.

The American State Constitutional Tradition

Author: John J. Dinan
Publisher:
ISBN:
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The first comprehensive study of all 114 state constitutional conventions for which there are records--from Connecticut's in 1818 to New Hampshire's in 1984. By integrating state constitution-makers with the federal constitutional tradition, this path-breaking work yields a superior understanding of how American citizens have chosen to govern themselves.

Cradle of Freedom

Author: Frye Gaillard
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817352988
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Puts a human face on the story of the black American struggle for equality in Alabama during the 1960s by examining the commitment and hard work of the thousands of everyday people who took a stand, supported the great leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and changed their times forever.

Cradle of Freedom

Author: Frye Gaillard
Publisher: University Alabama Press
ISBN:
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Puts a human face on the story of the black American struggle for equality in Alabama during the 1960s by examining the commitment and hard work of the thousands of everyday people who took a stand, supported the great leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and changed their times forever.