From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South, 1938-1980 by Bruce J. Schulman (Review)

From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South, 1938-1980 by Bruce J. Schulman (Oxford University Press, 1991)

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From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South, 1938-1980 by Bruce J. Schulman (Review)

by Carl Abbott
Southern Cultures, Inaugural Issue: 1993

Oxford University Press, 1991

This thoroughly documented and clearly argued book is true to its subtitle. Bruce Schulman’s explicit purpose is to trace the variety of deliberate and inadvertent ways in which the federal government helped to transform the economy of the South in the middle decades of this century. His implicit goal is to judge those changes against an ideal model of economic development that might have offered more of its benefits directly to southern farmers and workers and fewer to industrialists, utility companies, and holders of suburban real estate.