Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975 / Edition 1

Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975 / Edition 1

by Thomas W. Hanchett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807846775

ISBN-13: 9780807846773

Pub. Date: 08/10/1998

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

One of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the South, Charlotte, North Carolina, came of age in the New South decades of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, transforming itself from a rural courthouse village to the trading and financial hub of America's premier textile manufacturing region. In this book, Thomas Hanchett traces the city's

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One of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the South, Charlotte, North Carolina, came of age in the New South decades of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, transforming itself from a rural courthouse village to the trading and financial hub of America's premier textile manufacturing region. In this book, Thomas Hanchett traces the city's spatial evolution over the course of a century, exploring the interplay of national trends and local forces that shaped Charlotte, and, by extension, other New South urban centers.

Hanchett argues that racial and economic segregation are not age-old givens, but products of a decades-long process. Well after the Civil War, Charlotte's whites and blacks, workers and business owners, all lived intermingled in a "salt-and-pepper" pattern. The rise of large manufacturing enterprises in the 1880s and 1890s brought social and political upheaval, however, and the city began to sort out into a "checkerboard" of distinct neighborhoods segregated by both race and class. When urban renewal and other federal funds became available in the mid- twentieth century, local leaders used the money to complete the sorting out process, creating a "sector" pattern in which wealthy whites increasingly lived on one side of town and blacks on the other.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807846773
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
08/10/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
379
Sales rank:
340,335
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1. The Preindustrial City
Chapter 2. Habiliments of Progress
Chapter 3. Insolence
Chapter 4. Creating Blue-Collar Neighborhoods
Chapter 5. Creating Black Neighborhoods
Chapter 6. Creating White-Collar Neighborhoods
Chapter 7. Downtown in the 1900s-1920s
Chapter 8. The Limits of Local Government: Debating Annexation and Planning
Chapter 9. The Federal City: From Patchwork to Sectors
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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