Braxton Bragg Comer papers, 1905-1940 [manuscript].


Comer, B. B. (Braxton Bragg), 1848-1927. Braxton Bragg Comer papers, 1905-1940 [manuscript].

Braxton Bragg Comer papers, 1905-1940 [manuscript].

Personal, plantation and other business, and political papers of Comer. Personal papers consist primarily of letters to his family, including his brother E. T. Comer, about family matters, hunting, and social activities, and about Comer's interest in public and higher education in Alabama. Plantation records include correspondence with agents, sharecroppers, and laborers on the Comer plantation; vendors of farm machinery and agricultural supplies; and others. These letters discuss business disputes, Comer's African-American workforce, the sale and purchase of feed and livestock, cultivation techniques, and varieties of plants and animals. Plantation records also contain laborer and sharecropper work reports and financial and legal documents relating to the sale and purchase of farm equipment, including union activities in the mills. Political papers discuss many issues included in the progressive agenda--regulation of public utilities and transportation, especially railroads; Prohibition; and convict leasing. Comer's battle to regulate the cotton futures market is also documented. In the 1910s and 1920s, papers show Comer's involvement in several Alabama political campaigns and in Oscar Underwood's unsuccessful bid for the 1924 Democratic presidential nomination. Many items document the role of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama politics in the 1920s. In 1940, there are items concerning Comer family history. Also included are scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, most dating from Comer's tenure as governor of Alabama. Topics include Comer's administration, railroad regulation, Prohibition, education, election reform, local and national elections, and Democratic Party politics.

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