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Alabama: The Man Who Almost Wasn't Vice President with Abi Ayres

Alabama: The Man Who Almost Wasn't Vice President with Abi Ayres

Did you know there was no formal process for replacing the vice president upon their death until the 1960s? Can you imagine not having a line of succession in today's political climate? Sharon is joined by Abi Ayres as they discuss the life and legacy of William Rufus King, the 13th vice president of the United States, who served as vice president for a few weeks before his untimely death. William Rufus King’s lifelong political career was a far cry from those who are expected to follow the ethical, democratic process we uphold today, and Sharon shares how King’s social status, wealth, race, and outdated electoral systems influenced his pursuit of the “American Dream.” As a proponent of slavery and founding member of Selma, Alabama, Sharon and Abi examine the irony of the civil rights marches led by Martin Luther King Jr. on the soil of King’s former plantation one century later and discuss how we can extract the contributions of historical figures in America while also condemning their immorality.

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  • Host and Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
  • Writers and Researchers: Sharon McMahon, Heather Jackson

Guest

Guest

Abi Ayres

Abi Ayers is a lifestyle influencer who went viral after getting a bad haircut in 2019 and is now on a mission to remind others that we can control how we react to crappy situations. Abi is committed to building a platform of love, light, and laughter to inspire creativity, positivity, and reflection. Abi is an average Jane, representing modern-day women, a wife, and a mother of three. You can follow her @AbiAyers on social media or learn more about her at www.abiayres.com.