By Allen Johnston Going

Hailed because the definitive learn of the topic while it seemed in 1951, Bourbon Democracy in Alabama analyzes and describes the country executive of Alabama through the Bourbon interval because it operated below the Democratic and Conservative get together. For this variation, the writer has ready a brand new foreword within which he surveys fresh scholarship. The time period Bourbon originated through the Reconstruction period and used to be utilized by the Radicals to label their Democratic competitors as anti-progressive and ultraconservative. The time period has been followed usually to explain the interval following the overthrow of Radical Reconstruction.


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Although some Alabama Democrats readily accepted the designation, the majority of the party resented its implications. The term, nevertheless, has been generally adopted to describe the period in Southern history following the overthrow of Radical Reconstruction, and for some states at least has come to imply exactly the opposite of its literal meaning. For the sake of clarity, the terms Bourbon and Bourbonism have been utilized in this work only when they could be applied literally to some of the Alabama Democrats.

C. Langdon to McKee, May 16, 30, July 20, 1874; Burwell Boykin Lewis to McKee, May 14, June 3, 1874; Rufus K. Boyd to McKee, April 29, May 17, 1874, McKee Papers; Selma Southern Argus, June 12, 1874. 21 Chief emphasis was placed on the race issue, and the first half of the document in no uncertain terms denounced the civil rights bills. "22 A large and colorful public ratification meeting, held around the famous fountain in Montgomery, followed the convention and launched the campaign. 23 Walter Lawrence Bragg, of Montgomery, served as chairman of the State Democratic Executive Committee, and employed every means at his disposal to draw out a record vote and to whip up support for the Democratic, white man's cause.

This action of prominent Republicans strengthened the arguments of the New Departurist faction in the Democratic party. The regular Republican organization attempted to capitalize on Lindsay's unpopularity and the Democratic choice of what it considered "extreme and ultra" candidates. Early in the year its principal newspaper organ set out to win support from conservatives, 17 Mobile Register (weekly), April 8, 1871; Montgomery Mail, March 1, 1871; Montgomery Journal, September 23, 1871. 18 William Garrett, Reminiscences of Public Men in Alabama, pp.

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