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From Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: The Transformation of the South in the Twentieth Century

Presenter: 
Paul Levengood
Duration: 
(00:50:13)

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 charted the breathtaking course of the twentieth century and examined what survives and what has been lost in the rush toward prosperity and growth.

Dr. Levengood is a former President & CEO of the Virginia Historical Society. This lecture was a program of the VHS’s Reynolds Business History Center. (Introduction by Nelson D. Lankford)