"A Century of Controversy: Constitutional Reform in
Alabama" (Bailey Thomson, editor)
You may have read about efforts to revise Alabama's racist and antiquated
constitution. I invite you to consider this new book of essays on the subject.
Eleven experts join me in presenting the case for reform.
Click here to learn more about
the book and order it from the University of Alabama Press. You may
also buy a copy at your local bookstore or order one through on-line book
sellers, such as Amazon.com
Sam Hodges of the Mobile Register writes, "State constitutions
don't get the attention they deserve. They are important historical documents,
and they have considerable influence on state and local government. Alabama's
constitution is, according to the scholars and journalists who know it well,
one of the longest (more than 315,000 words) and worst. In recent years,
a grassroots movement for a new constitution has spread across the state.
So the timing is right for a rigorous look at the history and practical
consequences of the current document. "A Century of Controversy" serves
as a terrific primer for understanding how this constitution came to be,
how it has survived for more than 100 years and how it continues to impede
home rule and good governance generally. Along with furthering debate about
constitutional reform in Alabama, this book should inspire students of other
state constitutions to take up their pens.
Comments from reviewers:
“Make no mistake: This is
more than a serious book; this is a scathing indictment of Alabama's outmoded
and shameful constitution.”
"A Century of Controversy"
will likely become the manifesto of Alabama's constitutional reformers.
If the crusade succeeds, future Alabama historians and political scientists
will undoubtedly point to its publication as a milestone in a citizen revolution
that carried off the most meaningful political reform in the state's history.
"Here is a book that should
be read by every Alabamian (as well as many others outside the state). Here,
for the first time, is a single, documented, and burning indictment of that
instrument of government-the nation's longest, most unwieldy, and most amended
Warren Rogers Sr., author of The One-Gallused Rebellion: Agrarianism in Alabama,
"Alabamians still find their
fundamental law in a document based on racial intolerance, overweening class
interest, and a disdain for democratic practices."
-- Robert David Ward,
coauthor of Alabama: The History of a Deep South State