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Transforming the South : federal development in the Tennessee Valley, 1915-1960

Author: Matthew L Downs
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2014]
Series: Making the modern South.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Matthew L. Downs focuses on three developments in the Tennessee Valley: The World War I - era government nitrate plants and hydroelectric dams at Muscle Shoals, Alabama; the extensive work completed by the Tennessee Valley Authority; and Cold War/Space Age defense investment in Huntsville, Alabama. Downs argues that the modernization of the Sunbelt economy depended on cooperation between regional leaders and federal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew L Downs
ISBN: 9780807157145 0807157147
OCLC Number: 894557374
Description: 331 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : brisk men, energetic of movement and speech --
A living monument to that broad principle of democracy, 1915-1924 --
Muscle Shoals signifies power, 1924-1933 --
We are trying to make a different type of citizen out of them, 1933-1938 --
Pulling together in the same direction, 1938-1945 --
An agency of its own creation, 1945-1960 --
Huntsville has what it takes, 1940-1949 --
Hold onto what you have worked so hard to get in, 1949-1960 --
Conclusion : a great place to do business.
Series Title: Making the modern South.
Responsibility: Matthew L. Downs.

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Matthew L. Downs focuses on three developments in the Tennessee Valley: The World War I - era government nitrate plants and hydroelectric dams at Muscle Shoals, Alabama; the extensive work completed by the Tennessee Valley Authority; and Cold War/Space Age defense investment in Huntsville, Alabama. Downs argues that the modernization of the Sunbelt economy depended on cooperation between regional leaders and federal funders. Local boosters lobbied to recieve federal funds for their communities while simultaneously forming economic development organizations that would prepare those communities for further growth. Economic reform also drove social reform: as members of historically disenfranchised groups attained employment in the new industrial workforce, they gained financial and political capital to push for social change. Transforming the South considers the role played by the recipients of government funds in reshaping the South in the mid-twentieth century and demonstrates how communities exerted an unparalleled influence over those federal investments to shape the southern economy. -- from dust jacket.

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