Many of One State's films have engaged the complex history of Alabama and the South, from films about African-American music in the South to literary adaptations of works like the World War I aviation classic War Birds and post Civil War blockbuster novel St. Elmo by Alabama author Augusta Evans Wilson.

The films below deal with power struggles that have defined much of the South's history from the Civil War (Sink the Alabama) to populist movements like that of Big Jim Folsom in the 1940s (Big Jim Folsom: The Two Faces of Populism) to the post-war inertia that made cities like Phenix City Alabama into mob controlled dictatorships and failed to stop the racial violence of the 1950s and 60s (In the Wake of the Assassins).


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