One should not think of the corporate towns that rose up in and around Mobile during the Second Great Depression as bastions of law and order and peace. They had their own laws and their own order, as corporate towns have had wherever they have sprung up. They stamped on anything that hampered productivity, and that resulted in towns that most people would not wish to live in. Many of them had no residential districts at all, in fact. And most of them had their policies heavily curtailed after the Convention of States reformed the Federal Government. The reformed Supreme Court had some doubtful views on many of their practices. But in the midst of the rioting and looting endemic in Mobile at the time, they provided a valuable bastion of safety and productivity that helped Alabama survive and rebuild as a functional State.