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Social Origins of the Urban South: Race, Gender, and Migration in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, 1890-1930

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In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, thousands of black and white southerners left farms and rural towns to try their fate in the region's cities. This transition brought about significant economic, social, and cultural changes in both urban centers and the countryside. Focusing on Nashville and its Middle Tennessee hinterland, Louis Kyriakoudes explores the impetus for this migration and illuminates its effects on regional development.

Kyriakoudes argues that increased rural-to-urban migration in the late nineteenth century grew out of older seasonal and circular migration patterns long employed by southern farm families. These mobility patterns grew more urban-oriented and more permanent as rural blacks and whites turned increasingly to urban migration in order to cope with rapid economic and social change.

The urban economy was particularly welcoming to women, offering freedom from the male authority that dominated rural life. African Americans did not find the same freedoms, however, as whites found ways to harness the forces of modernization to deny them access to economic and social opportunity. By linking urbanization, economic and social change, and popular cultural institutions, Kyriakoudes lends insight into the development of an urban, white, working-class identity that reinforced racial divisions and laid the demographic and social foundations for today's modern, urban South.

About the Author

Louis M. Kyriakoudes is associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807828113
Subtitle:
Race, Gender, and Migration in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, 1890-1930
Author:
Kyriakoudes, Louis M
Author:
Kyriakoudes, Louis M.
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
History/United States: Southern
Subject:
Rural-urban migration - Tennessee -
Subject:
Women - Employment - Tennessee - Nashville -
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
History/United
Subject:
States: Southern
Subject:
Hist
Subject:
ory/United States: Southern
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban History pre 1950
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » City Specific
History and Social Science » US History » Social and Economic History

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