For more than twenty-five years David Goldfield has interpreted southern urban history for audiences ranging from museum goers to academics. His love affair with the discipline dates from its birth in the late sixties, and indeed he has been one of its primary nurturers. Region, Race, and Cities presents eleven of Goldfield’s best articles—seven published previously and four unseen until now—in one volume, providing an overview of the evolution of southern urban history into a vibrant and legitimate branch of southern history. Goldfield discusses the economic importance of the South’s small antebellum cities, the impact of World War II on southern cities, voting rights and black political power, issues of urban policy and quality of life, and much more in this important work of scholarship.
David Goldfield is Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the author and editor of sixteen books on the American South, most recently America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation, and serves as editor of the LSU Press series Making the Modern South.
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