Getting Out of the Mud, 2017

My presentation at Alabama Department of Archives and History’s Book Talk, October 11, 2017


Getting Out of the Mud: Alabama’s Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898-1928
is now available through the University of Alabama Press and Amazon.

Getting Out of the Mud: The Alabama Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898–1928 explores the history of the Good Roads Movement and investigates the nature of early twentieth-century progressivism in the state. Martin T. Olliff reveals how middle-class reformers secured political, economic, and social power not only by fighting against corporate domination and labor recalcitrance but also by proposing alternative projects like road improvement and identifying the interests of the rising middle class as being the most important to public interest.” (UA Press site)

Released July 18, 2017.  Price is $49.95 cloth or e-book.