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David Ernest Alsobrook

David Ernest Alsobrook was born in Eufaula, Alabama, and grew up in Mobile. He completed his formal education at Auburn University (PhD) and West Virginia University (MA). His primary historical research interests are Southern politics, social life, and race relations. Alsobrook served as an archivist at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, supervisory archivist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, and as the first director of the George H.W. Bush, and William J. Clinton Presidential Libraries. He currently lives in Mobile, Alabama.

Books by David Ernest Alsobrook

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Southside: Eufaula’s Cotton Mill Village and its People, 1890–1945
By author: David Ernest Alsobrook
Product Code: H931
ISBN: 9780881466089
Product Format: Hardback
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SOUTHSIDE relates the stories of the cotton mill workers and their families who lived and worked in Eufaula, Alabama, a small town on the Chattahoochee River, from the 1890s through 1945. Utilizing previously unpublished family records, oral histories, and other primary sources, author David Alsobrook relates the stories of the lives of these ordinary mill families—their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies. Many of the photographs that appear in Southside are from personal family collections and have never been seen previously. Alsobrook’s chapter on legendary mill owner Donald Comer presents a fresh assessment of this remarkably enlightened corporate executive and his own particular brand of paternalism, which differed significantly from the philosophy of many of his contemporaries in the Southern textile industry.