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By Thomas W. Hanchett

one of many biggest and fastest-growing towns within the South, Charlotte, North Carolina, got here of age within the New South a long time of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, remodeling itself from a rural courthouse village to the buying and selling and monetary hub of America's ultimate fabric production quarter. during this e-book, Thomas Hanchett lines the city's spatial evolution over the process a century, exploring the interaction of nationwide tendencies and native forces that formed Charlotte, and, via extension, different New South city centers.

Hanchett argues that racial and monetary segregation should not age-old givens, yet items of a decades-long procedure. good after the Civil conflict, Charlotte's whites and blacks, employees and company vendors, all lived intermingled in a "salt-and-pepper" trend. the increase of huge production businesses within the Eighties and Eighteen Nineties introduced social and political upheaval, although, and town started to deal with right into a "checkerboard" of precise neighborhoods segregated through either race and sophistication. while city renewal and different federal cash grew to become to be had within the mid- 20th century, neighborhood leaders used the money to accomplish the checking out technique, making a "sector" development during which prosperous whites more and more lived on one facet of city and blacks at the other.

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