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Author Hayman, John.
Title Bitter Harvest: Richmond Flowers and the Civil Rights Revolution.
Imprint [Place of publication not identified] : Lightning Source Inc. (Tier 3) : NewSouth Classics, 2016.

Author Hayman, John.
Subject Flowers, Richmond, 1918-2007.
Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998.
Politicians -- Alabama -- Biography.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Alabama -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- Alabama -- History -- 20th century.
Attorneys general -- Alabama -- Biography.
Alabama -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Alabama -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource.
Note Vendor-supplied metadata.
Contents Intro -- Title Page -- Also by John Hayman -- Copyright -- Contents -- 1 -- Antecedents: The Evolution of Race Relations and Politics In the Post-Civil War South -- 2 -- Birth and Background -- 3 -- Growing Up the Right Way-Through Good Times and Bad -- 4 -- Maturing to Serious Pursuits -- 5 -- A Political Career Begins as Civil Rights Takes Center Stage -- 6 -- Four Years of Campaigning While Civil Rights Action Increases -- 7 -- Strange Bedfellows-Governor and Attorney General on a Collision Course -- 8 -- Vengeance Wreaked -- 9 -- After the Storm -- 10 -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- Comments on Bitter Harvest -- About the Author.
Summary Bitter Harvest traces the development of Richmond Flowers, a color politician who began his career as a segregationist but who, as Attorney General of Alabama, fought bitterly against Governor George Wallace in trying to support the Constitution. In the process, he sacrificed his political career. Flowers was elected Attorney General in 1962. A likable storyteller who had served in the state senate, Flowers came into office promising like the rest to send the Yankees a message. He did not seem the stuff of which heroes (or martyrs) are made. But faced with the choice of upholding the law or of taking the popular course, he chose to uphold the law. Events thereafter made him a central figure in the most violent years of the civil rights revolution. The book sets this story against the background of the Southern war against civil rights, a savage contest motivated by hatred and fear. It advances the thesis that during this period, Alabama suffered a fundamental failure in leadership which determined the state's response to the demand for social change. Alabama's leaders encourages lawlessness with their statements and actions. They took the state down a self-destructive course which has had lasting and damaging consequences.
ISBN 9781603063722 (electronic bk.)
1603063722 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1252972858
Additional Format Print version: Hayman, John. Bitter Harvest : Richmond Flowers and the Civil Rights Revolution. Montgomery : NewSouth Books, 2016

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