ArchiTreats logo Date/Time: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 12:05 P.M.

Place: Alabama Department of Archives and History

Topic: “Nobody But the People”

Speaker: Warren Trest

Nobody But the People is the first authorized biography of former Governor John Patterson. Join us as author Warren Trest shares highlights from his book on Wednesday, April 2, at noon. This ‘Bonus’ ArchiTreats: Food for Thought presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Governor Patterson will be present.

Governor Patterson’s career touched some of the key struggles of the twentieth-century civil rights movement. Although he later recanted his segregationist views and went on to become a widely respected judge, as governor from 1958-62 he led Alabama into full white-supremacist rebellion against the directions to integrate schools and public accommodations.

cover of Warren Trest's book Nobody But the People

Not merely a civil rights account, Nobody But the People also details Patterson’s World War II heroism, his role as attorney general in cleaning up vice and corruption, and his efforts to improve education and the economy. Patterson is revealed as a complex and likable politician and jurist whose career was unfortunately blighted by decisions on racial issues he later regretted.

Warren Trest, former senior historian with the USAF Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, has authored and coauthored more than fifty military histories and studies, including Wings of Denial: The Alabama Air National Guard’s Covert Role at the Bay of Pigs and the novel Missing in Paradise, both published by NewSouth Books. A book signing will follow the presentation.

This ‘Bonus’ ArchiTreats presentation is in addition to the regular series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures presented by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information call (334) 353-4712 or go to

Created: March 19, 2008
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435