Alabama NewsCenter: JSU’s ‘Forever Wild’ Documentary Covers Eventful Life of Alabama’s James Martin

| November 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

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By Alabama Public Television

In the closing days of World War II, James “Jim” Martin was one of the first Americans to discover a Nazi concentration camp and observe the worst of what man can do to his fellow man. The next day, he was a guide for Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and other top U.S. generals who wanted to see the camp.

These are some of the first details we learn about Martin’s life in a new documentary produced by Longleaf Studios at Jacksonville State University and premiering Monday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. on Alabama Public Television.

“Forever Wild – The James D. Martin Story” is a revealing portrait of Martin’s life, his work in politics and his achievements as director of Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. In the early 1960s, Martin was one of the first Republicans to seriously challenge the lock on Alabama politics held by the Democratic Party, nearly defeating incumbent Lister Hill in the race for the U.S. Senate in 1962. Martin served one term in the U.S. House, 1965-1967. Although he was unsuccessful in several later campaigns for office, he continued to have an important impact on state politics.

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