Patterson for Alabama: The Life and Career of John Patterson

Patterson for Alabama: The Life and Career of John Patterson

Patterson for Alabama: The Life and Career of John Patterson

Patterson for Alabama: The Life and Career of John Patterson

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This is a story about a remarkable period in Alabama history and some of the people who made it remarkable. From the 1950s through the 1970s, southern history provides many stories of the good and the bad as the Old South made the awkward, sometimes painful, transition to a more modern era. This is the setting for the people and events the reader will encounter in this book.

This is not, strictly speaking, an academic book. It is, however, a documented account. Although it is primarily about Albert and John Patterson, it also looks at how Alabama struggled to enjoy the benefits of efficient state government during a time when the South went through the terror and turmoil of the civil rights movement.

The most important resources in compiling this story were the cooperation of John Patterson and Patterson family members and the contributions from those who had significant roles in the Patterson administration. Official documents and personal information were made available without restriction or control, and at no time did John Patterson attempt to influence my treatment of the material. He was candid in his disclosures and encouraged those close to him to be the same.

A note about the documentation. As my intention was to tell a story, rather than to produce an analytical study of the man and the times, I have not interrupted the narrative flow with copious note numbers. An endnote number appears at the end of a passage on a particular topic, which may extend over several paragraphs; citations for the passage are grouped together in the endnote.

Acknowledgments are always necessary with a work of this nature. I

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