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Steve Suitts sees irony in Southern response to immigration reform

As Confederate symbolism, hostility to immigration reform, voting rights, and Donald Trump mania roil the waters of Deep South politics in the run-up to the 2016 elections, Steve Suitts — author of Hugo Black of Alabama: How His Roots and Early Career Shaped the Great Champion of the Constitution — reveals the irony in a Southern Spaces blog post that white ex-Confederates were early beneficiaries of U.S. amnesty for illegal aliens …

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Steve Flowers’s new book, Of Goats & Governors, finds enthusiastic reception by political and business leaders

Talking politics is a favorite Alabama pastime. At long last, a generation’s worth of tales “you couldn’t make up if you tried” has been collected and delightfully recounted by Alabama’s leading political commentator, Steve Flowers. Of Goats & Governors: Six Decades of Colorful Alabama Political Stories, just published by NewSouth Books, is off to a stellar launch with Governor Robert Bentley among its first readers …

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Weekly Standard, NC Bookwatch look at making of a Southern liberal in Ayers’s In Love with Defeat

Anniston Star publisher H. Brandt Ayers’s explores “the making of a Southern liberal” in his new memoir, In Love with Defeat. To some, a “Southern liberal” might be an oxymoron, something Ayers discusses in his book and that two new reviews of In Love with Defeat, by D. G. Martin from North Carolina Bookwatch and from Edwin Yoder in the Weekly Standard, have picked up on …

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Senator Lister Hill biography praised for civil description of politics

Professor Michael Thomason praises Henrietta McCormick Hill’s A Senator’s Wife Remembers: From the Great Depression to the Great Society, in a new article in the Mobile Press-Register. As modern political battles grow ever more bitter, Thomason points out that Mrs. Hill “is always very complimentary about the people she talks about and is quite proper in what she writes and how she describes her world …”

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