Re: RARA-AVIS: large-scale corruption

From: Mark R. Harris (
Date: 02 Nov 2007

Sure it has. Phenix City, Alabama, in the mid-1950s. Martial law, National Guard, 750 indictments, the works.

Be sure to click through to pages 2 and 3 of this account. The documentary referred to, Up from the Ashes: The Rebirth of Phenix City, sounds interesting.

This sequence of events was memorialized in Phil Karlson's 1955 pseudo-documentary film The Phenix City Story.

Best, Mark Harris

On 11/2/07, Curt Purcell <> wrote:
> At the end of Red Harvest, the Op declares that Personville is so
> hopelessly corrupt that the only viable option is to request national
> guard troops from the governor and put the town under martial law
> while rebuilding the whole legal/justice system from scratch. Has
> something like that ever actually happened to a US city, specifically
> due to corruption? What's the largest-scale state or federal
> intervention into local corruption on record, and what came of it?
> Thanks!

Mark R. Harris
2122 W. Russet Court #8
Appleton WI 54914
(920) 470-9855

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