ALABAMA: Peckerwood Play

Alabama's Governor James ("Big Jim") Folsom, the woman-kissin'est chief executive any state ever had, can play peckerwood better than any shoeless redneck out of the back country. When he campaigned for office, his "Strawberry Pickers," a hillbilly band, followed him everywhere. He waved what he called a "suds bucket" for contributions and shouted, "You furnish the suds and ah'll do the scrubbing"—i.e., clean up the state. He said he kissed 50,000 women during his campaign.

Lately, Big Jim has been touring the state, fulminating against the "gotrocks" and the "big city boys." He has been angling for the defeat of...

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