Sloss Furnaces and the Rise of the Birmingham District: An Industrial Epic (History Amer Science & Technol)

Sloss Furnaces and the Rise of the Birmingham District: An Industrial Epic (History Amer Science & Technol)

  • ISBN-13: 9780817307080
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Sloss Furnaces and the Rise of the Birmingham District contradicts earlier interpretations of southern industrialization by showing that Birmingham, which became a leading symbol of the New South, was in fact deeply rooted in the antebellum plantation system and its "peculiar institution," slavery. As Lewis demonstrates, southern businessmen pursued their own indigenous model of economic growth and were selective in how they imported capital, machinery, and technical expertise from outside the region. The racial crises that erupted in Birmingham during the 1960s can be traced, in part, to labor-intensive developmental strategies that were present from the birth of a city that might have become a bastion of industrial slavery if the South had won the Civil War.

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