Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites

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University of Alabama Press, 1989 - History - 469 pages
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'Poor but proud' is an apt description of many white Alabamians through history. During the antebellum years, poor whites developed a distinctive culture on the periphery of the cotton belt. As herdsmen, subsistence farmers, mill workers, and miners they flourished in a society more renowned for its two-class division of planters and slaves. After the Civil War, poor whites were fully integrated into a market economy as tenant farmers, miners, textile operatives, sawmill and timber workers, and iron and steel workers, all earning a subsistence wage or less. Their status improved with the New Deal era and the advent of World War II, which broke a downward cycle and afforded new opportunities for poor whites. The author addresses the life experiences of poor whites not only through their occupations, but also by examining their family structure, folk culture, and attempts to resolve their own problems through labor unions and political movements. -- from book jacket

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Wayne Flynt is Distinguished University Professor of History at Auburn University and author or coauthor of 11 books, including "Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie, Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites, Alabama: The History of a Deep South State, "and "Taking Christianity to China: Alabama Missionaries in the Middle Kingdom, 1850-1950." He has been recognized by numerous awards and honors, including the Lillian Smith Award for nonfiction, the Clarence Cason Nonfiction Award, the James F. Sulzby Jr. Book Award (twice), and the Alabama Library Association Award for nonfiction (twice).

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