The Social Origins of the Urban South: Race, Gender, and Migration in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, 1890-1930, by Louis M. Kyriakoudes (review)

The Social Origins of the Urban South, by Louis M. Kyriakoudes (University of North Carolina Press, 2003)

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The Social Origins of the Urban South: Race, Gender, and Migration in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, 1890-1930, by Louis M. Kyriakoudes (review)

by Tom Hanchett
Southern Cultures, Vol. 11, No. 1: Spring 2005

University of North Carolina Press, 2003

One of the biggest stories in the South of a century ago was the mass migration from farms to cities. The movement had begun with the creation of railroads in the mid-nineteenth century, maturing into a full-fledged network by the 1890s. Rail junctions became hotbeds of economic opportunity, and the Old South of farmers began to transform into the New South of city-dwellers—the South we inhabit today.