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The Tragedy and the Triumph of Phenix City Alabama

By author: Margaret Anne Barnes
Product Code: P459
ISBN: 9780881464184
Product Format: Paperback
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Availability: In stock
Price: $20.00

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This best-seller is available for the first time in paperback. In the first chronological and gripping narrative of the events that crippled Phenix City, Alabama, Margaret Anne Barnes tells the true story of how economic hard times in the Depression led a mayor to barter immunity from prosecution to gamblers and gangsters in exchange for money to save the town from going into receivership. By mid-century, the criminal element managed to buy or infiltrate every office of government in the city. When their control was absolute, no crime was beyond their commission, no citizen safe, and no constitutional right could be relied upon.
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