Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives by Wayne FlyntKeeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives by Wayne Flynt

Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

byWayne Flynt

Hardcover | September 2, 2011

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This historical memoir by the widely recognized scholar, Wayne Flynt, chronicles the inner workings of his academic career at Samford and Auburn Universities, as well as his many contributions to the general history of Alabama. Flynt has traveled the state and the South lecturing and teaching both lay and academic groups, calling on his detailed knowledge of both the history and power structures in Alabama to reveal uncomfortable truths wherever he finds them, whether in academic institutions that fall short of their stated missions, in government and industry leaders who seek and hold power by playing to the fears and prejudices of the public, or in religious groups who abandon their original missions and instead seek financial and emotional comfort in lip service only.
In doing so he has not only energized those who think the State of Alabama can and must do better, but  also has earned the enmity of those who prosper, profit, and prevaricate for their own selfish ends. Nevertheless, Flynt utilizes a lifetime of learning and reflection to voice the conscience of his community. Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives tells the story of his life and his courageous battles against an indifferent or hostile hierarchy with modesty and honesty. In doing so he tells us how Alabama institutions really are manipulated and, more importantly, why we should care.



Wayne Flynt is a Distinguished University Professor of History at Auburn University and author or coauthor of eleven books, including Alabama in the Twentieth Century; Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie; Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites; Alabama: The History of a Deep South State; and Taking Christianity to ...
Title:Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary LivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.5 inPublished:September 2, 2011Publisher:University Of Alabama PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0817317546

ISBN - 13:9780817317546


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations   ix
1. Ancestors, Real and Imagined    1
2. An Alabama Childhood   36
3. Discoveries and Awakenings   60
4. Going Home     83
5. Sweet Auburn, Stormiest Village of the Plain   123
6. "Sweet Auburn, Loveliest Village of the Plain"     149
7. "Where My Possessions Lie": Writing about Ordinary People      173
8. Democratizing Learning: University Outreach    198
9. "The Lord Is the Maker of Them All": Black, White, and Poor in America     209
10. Reforming American Education    240
11. Principalities and Powers: Battling for a New Constitution and a New Politics     276
12. In the Eye of the Storm: Auburn University, 1989-2000     290
13. "Ever to Conquer, Never to Yield": Inside the Auburn Tigers, 1977-2005    321
14. Valhalla on the Plains    351
15. Ken's Barbeque and Other Third Places    384
Acknowledgments   399

Editorial Reviews

"A must read for every Alabamian. As an acclaimed historian, Flynt tells the story of a state and a people from a very unique perspective. By writing about his family and own life, we get to know the unvarnished truth of Alabama. Here you'll meet the good, the bad, and the ugly. An insightful, fascinating and terrific book. Highly recommended. -- Ace Atkins, author of Wicked City