Judges: A Lincoln Man

When secession talk began to sweep through Alabama after the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the leaders of Winston County in the northern hill country held a meeting and decided that if their state seceded from the Union, their county would secede from the state. The county's delegate to the secession convention in Montgomery duly voted to remain in the Union, and state authorities put him in jail. In the years since then, Winston County has changed little. It remains independent and proud of it, a staunchly Republican island in a Democratic sea. Alabamians often refer to it...

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