"Bad, Bad Dothan!": The Dothan Riot and Wiregrass Agrarianism

  title={"Bad, Bad Dothan!": The Dothan Riot and Wiregrass Agrarianism},
  author={Scotty E. Kirkland},
  journal={Alabama Review},
  pages={163 - 185}
IN DOWNTOWN DOTHAN THERE IS A MURAL painted on the old Ellison Building. A casual glance identifies the scene as a bar fight that spilled onto the dusty streets of the town. But this mural commemorating the Dothan Riot of 1889 depicts much more than a simple street brawl. It describes the battle for respect of a young town marshal, the search for legitimacy by a small town government, and the social conflict of life during an era of increasing agrarian protest.1 The Dothan Riot serves as an… 


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