DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY
PRESS RELEASE

Date/Time: Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 12:05 PM

Place: Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium - Alabama Archives

Topic: “Governor Miller and Alabama’s Income Tax”

Speaker: Sam Webb

“Governor Miller and Alabama’s Income Tax” will be presented by Sam Webb at the ArchiTreats: Food For Thought program on Thursday, June 19th at 12:05 PM in the Alabama Department of Archives and History’s Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium.

photo of Ala. Governor Benjamin Meek Miller
Governor Benjamin Meek Miller

Alabama’s governor calls a special session of the state legislature to prevent school closures and teacher layoffs. Governor Bob Riley in 2003? Guess again. Seventy years earlier, Governor Benjamin Meek Miller and the state of Alabama faced a similar crisis during the Great Depression. With state government on the verge of collapse, Governor Miller called the legislature into special session in January 1933. Later that year Alabama voters approved the creation of the state’s first income tax after bitter struggle and two referendums. Historian Sam Webb will trace the story of the creation of the state income tax in this presentation which is a part of his larger study of the struggles of Alabamians between WWI and WWII.

Sam Webb is Associate Professor of History at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received a Ph.D. from The University of Arkansas; an M.A. in History from The University of Alabama at Birmingham; a law degree from The University of Alabama; and a B.S. degree from Livingston University (now University of West Alabama). He is author of Alabama’s Governors: a Political History of the State and John C. Persons: Citizen-Soldier.

The noontime (12:05 PM) program is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.

For more information call (334) 242-4363, ext. 235.



Created: May 21, 2003
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Alabama Department of Archives & History
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Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
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