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Department
History
Course Code
HIS 3321E
Professor
Eric Jarvis

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American South January 6,
Sunbelt South
White Primary election. Blacks were told they were unable to vote in the primary
elections. South is gaining economic and political wealth, yet this is not translating into
wealth throughout the people of the south. Poor whites and all blacks are being neglected
with regards to the passing of funds from the new military outposts to the people. Fears that
the money brought by the war will end when WWII ends, however the target just transfer
to the USSR. Military spending never stops but rather increases along with the industry in
the south.
1950-51 Air Conditioning becomes a possibility in the south.
Many non-southerners had been in the south for military training, grew fond of the
south, the cheapness of land, and the strength of industry on the rise, makes it an appealing
to soldiers. The GI bill sponsored by the government for soldiers to settle there after the
war. Much of the flow of northerners into the south are republicans, which is in part
responsible for the breaking down of southern ideals in some of these states.
1. The number of farms decreased by 63% between 1940 and 1970. The farm
population decreased 83%
2. The Size of the average farm doubles, and the value of the produce sold
becomes worth 10 times what it was.
3. The amount of land used for cattle raising becomes three times the size of
cotton farms.
4. Cotton by the 1970s represents 7% of farm income. Drops to the production of
1800 levels (before the cotton gin).
5. Mechanization
6. Share cropping is decreasing
7. By 1980 96% of the cotton being picked is being done mechanically.
Delta Pine Land Co.
-residential towns take the place of some of the old mill towns, cars make commuting
possible.
Right to work laws – offer employers a union free zone.
Closed shop – need to join the union in order to get a job.
Research Triangle Park
Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh
Sectional wealth
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