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The South's forgotten fire-eater : David Hubbard and North Alabama's long road to disunion  Cover Image Book Book

The South's forgotten fire-eater : David Hubbard and North Alabama's long road to disunion


"The story of the American Civil War is typically told with particular interest in the national players behind the war: Davis, Lincoln, Lee, Grant, and their peers. However, the truth is that countless Americans on both sides of the war worked in their own communities to sway public perception of abolition, secession, and government intervention. In north Alabama, David Hubbard was an ardent and influential voice for leaving the Union, spreading his increasingly radical view of states' rights and the need to rebel against what he viewed an overreaching federal government. You have likely never heard of Hubbard, the grandson of a Revolutionary War soldier who fought under Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. He was much more than that stereotype of antebellum Alabama politicians, being an early speculator in lands coerced from Native Americans; a lawyer and cotton planter; a populist; an influential member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama; and a key promoter of the very first railroad built west of the Allegheny mountains. Alabama's Forgotten Fire-Eater is the story of Hubbard's radicalization, describing his rise to becoming the most influential and prominent secessionist in north Alabama. Despite growing historical interest in the "fire eaters" who whipped the South into a frenzy, there has been little mention until now of Hubbard's integral involvement in Alabama's relationship with the Confederacy. Now historian Chris McIlwain offers Hubbard's story as a cautionary tale of radical politics and its consequences."-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781588384119
  • ISBN: 158838411X
  • Physical Description: xii, 273 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Montgomery : NewSouth Books, [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Yankee doodle -- 'A desperate speculation' -- 'His magic influence' -- 'Squinting at nullification' -- The 'feast of reason and the flow of soul' -- Changing 'the politicks of the union' -- 'A no-account locofoco' -- 'A man of the masses' -- 'Northern fanatics' -- The 'Alabama platform' -- 'Disunion Davy' -- The 'viceregent of old fogy-dom' -- 'I am a radical democrat' -- 'The race is over'.
Subject: Hubbard, David, 1792-1874.
Alabama > Politics and government > To 1865.
Legislators > Alabama > Biography.
Secession > Alabama.
United States > Politics and government > 1849-1861.
Legislators > United States > Biography.
United States. Congress. House > Biography.
Kinlock (Miss.) > Biography.
Hubbard, David, 1792-1874.
United States. Congress. House.
Politics and government.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.

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