A Pea River Progeny: Alabama's Colorful and Controversial Governor James E. "Big Jim Folsom (Paperback)
"A Pea River Progeny: Alabama's Colorful and Controversial Governor James E. "Big Jim" Folsom chronicles the life of a 20th century Deep South politician who left behind a memorable legacy. A Populist who appealed to the common folks, Folsom directly bypassed the state's powerful, long-standing political machine and local power brokers to twice win the Governorship. He was devoted to helping the often-overlooked and less affluent residents of Alabama. Folsom's Progressive but largely unpopular views on civil rights were far ahead of his time. The biography of Folsom is filled with early- to mid-20th century Alabama and Southern history. At the same time, it is Shakespearian-like -- marked with comedy, drama, tragedy, and unfulfilled promises. At six-feet, eight inches tall and weighing 275 pounds, he was a literal and figurative giant. Folsom's compassion and Populism, however, were often tainted by his outrageous antics, progressive descent into alcoholism, and unpopularity with white supremacists. Those who read about Big Jim Folsom will discover his life and times are often stranger and more compelling than fiction.