Renewing Birmingham: Federal Funding and the Promise of Change, 1929-1979 - Economy & Society in the Modern South (Hardback)Christopher MacGregor Scribner (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
Scribner sets forth a new direction in the way we study the modern South and its relationship to the federal government. . . . Scribner has presented the readers with an illuminating study of how city boosters used federal grants in the face of racial tension, political warfare, and economic sluggishness.--EH.Net
The comprehensive works of Bruce J. Schulman and Pete Daniel and the fine case studies of Ronald H. Bayor on Atlanta and Thomas Hanchett on Charlotte highlight the transformative role of federal policy in the South since the 1930's. Christopher MacGregor Scribner's well-researched and clearly written analysis of the impact of federal funding on Birmingham reinforces that growing literature, but it also underscores the limits of change, especially with respect to race.--"Journal of American History"
Scribner's well-constructed and thoughtful study . . . addresses Birmingham's special circumstances and also places the city in the larger national context in which the policy and largesse of the U.S. government systematically transformed American cities.--"Journal of Southern History"
Christopher Scribner has made a significant contribution to the historical literature on Birmingham before, during, and after the civil rights era.--"Alabama Review"
An authoritative work . . . It sheds valuable light on the culture (and its proponents) of overt racism that plagued Birmingham during this time. Furthermore, Scribner's work serves as an acknowledgement of the humane individuals who advanced their moral and just claims, sometimes against daunting odds, in order to finally bring about the abolition of segregation.--"Southern Historian"
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