The Rise of the Urban South by Lawrence H. Larsen
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The Rise of the Urban South
Lawrence H. Larsen
Univ Pr of Kentucky; First Edition edition (October 1, 1985)
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In the Gilded Age, building on past practices, the South continued to make urban gains. Men like Henry Grady of Atlanta and Henry Watterson of Louisville used broader regional objectives to promote their own cities. Grady successfully sold Atlanta, one of the most southern of cities demographically, as a city with a northern outlook; Watterson tied Louisville to national goals in railroad building. The New South movement did not succeed in bringing the region to parity with the rest of the nation, yet the South continued to rise along older lines. By 1900, far from being a failure in terms of the general course of American development, the South had created an urban system suited to its needs, while avoiding the promotional frenzy that characterized the building of cities in the North.
Based upon federal and local sources, this book will become the standard work on nineteenth-century southern urbanization, a subject too long unexplored.