Bossism & Reform In Southern City by James Duane BolinBossism & Reform In Southern City by James Duane Bolin

Bossism & Reform In Southern City

byJames Duane Bolin

Paperback | April 1, 2000

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This work examines the "political bosses" or powerful men who were the urban "New South" counterparts to the rural "Old South" planter elite. Although villified by the media, these powerful individuals often cared deeply about their cities, and sought to improve the lives of their citizens.
Title:Bossism & Reform In Southern CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.37 × 6.26 × 0.88 inPublished:April 1, 2000Publisher:UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KENTUCKYLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813121507

ISBN - 13:9780813121505


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Political bosses thrived in smaller cities below the Mason-Dixon line. The southern affinity for deferential politics made southern bosses the new south equivalents of rural, old south planter elite. While journalists despised bosses, historians begin to view them more objectively. Especially in the South, many of these bosses were passionate about their cities, hoping to improve citizens’ lives. Often like social reformers, southern bosses played a crucial part in defining the South’s Progressive Era. Bossism and Reform in a Southern City: Lexington, Kentucky, 1880-1940 provides an insightful and engaging case study of Billy Klair to illustrate southern politics’ inner workings.