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Papers, 1861-1899.

Author: Robert McKeeWilliam Park ArmstrongJames Burnie BeckRufus King BoydFrank BoykinAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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This collection of correspondence, letters, and clippings reflect the career of Robert McKee as a journalist, private secretary to two Ala. governors, and ardent Southern Democrat. He was a dedicated correspondent who received letters from a wide range of politicans, government officials, lawyers, and journalists, many of whom were prominent people involved in state and national political affairs during the
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Genre/Form: Letters
Letterheads
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Constitution
Named Person: Rufus King Boyd; Frank Boykin; Jesse M Carmichael; Grover Cleveland; Rufus Wills Cobb; Chappell Cory; J W DuBose; Hilary A Herbert; Horace R Hood; George S Houston; Samuel Williamson John; Joseph F Johnston; Thomas Goode Jones; Reuben F Kolb; C C Langdon; Robert McKee; George G Meade; John Tyler Morgan; Edward Asbury O'Neal; James L Pugh; Ryland Randolph; Charles Miller Shelley; Henry Clay Tompkins; Benjamin Turner; Isaac H Vincent
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert McKee; William Park Armstrong; James Burnie Beck; Rufus King Boyd; Frank Boykin; Walter Lawrence Bragg; Willis Brewer; Horatio Washington Bruce; Peter Bryce; James Edward Cobb; Rufus Wills Cobb; Chappell Cory; Reginald Heber Dawson; John Witherspoon DuBose; Hilary A Herbert; Horace R Hood; Samuel Williamson John; Joseph F Johnston; Thomas Goode Jones; Charles Carter Langdon; Levi W Lawler; Burwell Boykin Lewis; John Tyler Morgan; Emmet O'Neal; James Lawrence Pugh; Thomas R Roulhac; William James Samford; Thomas Seay; Charles Miller Shelley; James B Simpson; Henderson Middleton Somerville; Martin Luther Stansel; Henry Clay Tompkins; Julia Tutwiler
OCLC Number: 122498362
Notes: Southern Argus (Montgomery, Ala.) very brittle.
Description: 2 cubic ft. (5 archives boxes)

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This collection of correspondence, letters, and clippings reflect the career of Robert McKee as a journalist, private secretary to two Ala. governors, and ardent Southern Democrat. He was a dedicated correspondent who received letters from a wide range of politicans, government officials, lawyers, and journalists, many of whom were prominent people involved in state and national political affairs during the turbulent decades after the Civil War.

The general correspondence/letters series and the letters to Senator John T. Morgan (Series I and III) are the major sources of material that document opinions about the Civil War and economic and political issues during the Reconstruction and Post-Resconstruction years in Ala.; other topics included are the Grange movement, universal suffrage, press and politics, lawyers in politics, Ala. journalism and newspapers, public education, and railroads. Specific events discussed include Ryland Randolph's trial in Tuscaloosa, Ala. in 1868, the Ala. Constitution Conference of 1868, a Benjamin Turner campaign in 1870, the railroad bond scandal of 1871, state political conventions, the Tilden-Hayes election, Gov. George S. Houston's administration, Rufus Wills Cobb's election to Ala. governor, Ala. State Treasurer Isaac Vincent's scandal, prohibition, Grover Cleveland's presidential campaign, McKinley Tariff Act, and the Sherman Silver Purchase Act.

Additional topics discussed are Ala.'s penitentiary system and convict labor, Southern Argus (Selma, Ala.), Ala. colleges, Pratt Coal Mines, Ala. fiscal matters, Piedmont (Ala.) Enquirer, and 19th century medicine.

The letters from Peter Bryce, superintendent of the Ala. Insane Hospital, discuss McKee's son, Charles, and 19th century medical practises.

Series III, letters to McKee from Senator John T. Morgan, includes information about state and national politics, U.S. senators, the Farmers' Alliance, Reuben F. Kolb, the Nicaraguan canal, free coinage, the relationship between church and state, Morgan's political philosophies, and the "Washington scene."

Series IV contains speeches written by McKee and include a draft of Rufus Wills Cobb's acceptance speech delivered at the 1880 State Democratic Convention.

The printed material in this collection is primarily newspaper clippings of editorials, columns, and letters McKee wrote for newspapers he edited as well as other papers to which he contributed. Major topics discussed are state politics, the penitentiary issue, Ala. fiscal activity, public education, and other current political topics. The clippings are from a variety of newspapers including the Southern Argus (Selma, Ala.), Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser and Mail, The Daily Register (Mobile, Ala.), Sonoma (Calif.) Democrat, Montgomery Journal, and Morning Times (Selma). A near-complete run of the short lived Southern Argus (1899) is available on microfilm in the repository.

Among the most prominent correspondents in this collection are: William Park Armstrong, James Burnie Beck, Rufus King Boyd, Frank Boykin, Willis Brewer, Horatio Washington Bruce, Peter Bryce, James Edward Cobb, Rufus Wills Cobb, Chappell Cory, Nathaniel Henry Dawson, Reginald Heber Dawson, John Witherspoon DuBose, Leonidas William Grant, Walter Newman Haldeman, John Gideon Harris, Hilary Abner Herbert, Joseph Hodgson, Horace R. Hood, Samuel Williamson John, Joseph Forney Johnston, Thomas Goode Jones, Charles Carter Langdon, James W. Lapsley, Levi W. Lawler, Burwell Boykin Lewis, Robert McKee, John Tyler Morgan, Edward Asbury O'Neal, James Lawrence Pugh, Thomas Ruffin Roulhac, William James Samford, Sutton Selwyn Scott, Thomas Seay, William Henry Seymour, William H. Skaggs, Henderson Middleton Somerville, Henry Clay Tompkins, John R. Tompkins.

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