From Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: The Transformation of the South in the Twentieth Century By Paul A. Levengood

Time Period
1877 to 1924
1925 to Today
Media Type
Business & Industry
Politics & Government
Paul A Levengood

At the dawn of the twentieth century, the South was by all measurements the poorest, most segregated region in the United States. One hundred years later, it was one of the fastest-growing parts of the nation, attracting population and industry at a dizzying rate. How did this transformation take place? How much of the traditional South remains? Looking at such key events as World War II and the South’s longstanding effort to attract business investment, Paul A. Levengood will chart the breathtaking course of the twentieth century and examine what survives and what has been lost in the rush toward prosperity and growth.

Dr. Levengood is the former president and CEO of the museum. This lecture is a program of the museum’s Reynolds Business History Center. (Introduction by Nelson D. Lankford)

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