July 15, 2002
A Question of Justice New South Governors and Education,
1968-1976 by The University of Louisiana at Monroe Assistant
Professor, Gordon E. Harvey was recently published.
One review of the book reads: "A Question of Justice adds texture and complexity to facile stereotypes of politics and education in the South. . . . The scholarly strength and appeal of this work is its subtlety, i.e., its prompting readers to rethink those narrow stereotypes," said John R. Thelin, University of Kentucky
From the UA press Website: This illuminating study treats three pivotal governors whose impact on southern identity, politics, and culture has been profound, changing the region forever. In southern politics, 1970 marked a watershed. A group of southern governors entered office that year and changed both the way the nation looked at the South and the way the constituents of those states viewed themselves. Reubin Askew in Florida, John West in South Carolina, Jimmy Carter in Georgia, and Albert Brewer in Alabama all represented a new breed of progressive moderate politician that helped demolish Jim Crow segregation and the dual economies, societies, and educational systems notorious to the Sunbelt South. Historian Gordon Harvey explores the political lives and legacies of three of these governors, examining the conditions that led to such a radical change in political leadership, the effects their legislative agendas had on the identity of their states, and the aftermath of their terms in elected office.
For more information on the book visit http://www.uapress.ua.edu/authors/harvey02.html