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 many years 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 prime cloth production quarter. during this publication, Thomas Hanchett lines the city's spatial evolution over the process a century, exploring the interaction of nationwide traits and native forces that formed Charlotte, and, through extension, different New South city centers.

Hanchett argues that racial and financial segregation aren't age-old givens, yet items of a decades-long method. good after the Civil struggle, Charlotte's whites and blacks, staff and company proprietors, all lived intermingled in a "salt-and-pepper" development. the increase of enormous production corporations within the Eighteen Eighties and Nineties introduced social and political upheaval, although, and the town started to deal with right into a "checkerboard" of exact neighborhoods segregated via either race and sophistication. whilst city renewal and different federal cash turned on hand within the mid- 20th century, neighborhood leaders used the cash to accomplish the checking out procedure, making a "sector" trend during which filthy rich whites more and more lived on one part of city and blacks at the other.

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