Alabama Public Television Presents

Big Jim Folsom: The Two Faces of Populism

Special | 1h 26m 45s Video has closed captioning.

Alabama's populist governor, first elected in 1946, tried to unite poor whites and poor blacks in a common cause. Folsom's two terms as governor were undone by the unstinting opposition of the press, Black Belt planters and the "big mules" of business; public hysteria over the 1954 Brown decision on school desegregation, and alcohol. Folsom would be succeeded by his former ally George C. Wallace.

Aired: 10/26/20

Rating: NR

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