How We Are Governed in Alabama and the Nation

How We Are Governed in Alabama and the Nation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...who settled this region came largely from the older Southern States. With some changes in its form, the county still exists among us for the purposes of local government. Before we take up the study of our present county government, let us see why it was that the settlers adopted this kind of government. 99. How the geography of Alabama affected our govemment. You will doubtless recall that most of the settlers who came to Alabama in the early days of its history were attracted by the profits they hoped to make out of the cultivation of cotton. Many of them obtained large grants of land from the government. VVhen they reached the territory, they found that it contained a number of fertile river valleys. The result was that these landowners, or planters, as they were called, usually established their plantations upon large tracts of land bordering on some stream. There they cultivated cotton on a large scale. You see, therefore, that from the very beginning Alabama, like the rest of the South, was split up into large plantations. In consequence, the people lived far apart from one another. Now this fact had an important influence upon the kind of government that developed in the South. You will perhaps understand this better if we turn for a moment to see what kind of government developed among the New England settlers. The people who settled New England came over to this country largely that they might enjoy religious freedom.. They came, therefore, in congregations or groups rather than as individual adventurers. The climate and the geography of New England, unlike Alabama, did not permit them to.separate and settle on large estates. They built their homes close around the church and schoolhouse. Under such circumstances it was natural...
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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123695615X
  • 9781236956156