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Book Talk: Getting Out of the Mud by Martin Olliff

"Getting Out of the Mud" recounts the story of the Good Roads Movement and early twentieth-century progressivism in Alabama. By the early 1900s, amidst economic prosperity and the nation’s automobile boom, Alabamians were increasingly interested in traveling. Roads, however, were substandard, rutted, and often muddy. From these conditions, reformers of the rising middle-class were inspired to begin the Good Roads Movement. In "Getting out of the Mud," Olliff explores how these Alabamians overcamestrained resources and significant political obstacles to build a modern road system. 

Martin Olliff is a professor of history and the director of the Wiregrass Archives at Troy University Dothan Campus. His edited volume, The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama in World War I, was published in 2008 by the University of Alabama Press. Dr. Olliff has served on numerous governing boards, including the Alabama Historical Commission, the Alabama Governor’s Mansion Commission, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and the Dothan Landmarks Foundation. He sits on the editorial boards of both the Alabama Review: A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History and Provenance: Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists. 

For more information about the book talk, call (334) 353-4689.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:00PM

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Alabama Department of Archives and History 624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Free Event

Category: History, Family, Community

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