The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insider’s History of the Florida-Alabama Coast by Harvey H. Jackson III (review)

The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera by Harvey H. Jackson III (University of Georgia Press, 2012)

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The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insider’s History of the Florida-Alabama Coast by Harvey H. Jackson III (review)

by Anthony J. Stanonis
Southern Cultures, Vol. 18, No. 4: Winter 2012

University of Georgia Press, 2012

The shores of the Gulf Coast have grown crowded with resorts since the Second World War, but historians, until now, have lagged in studying this development. Harvey Jackson combs the beaches of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle to recount not only the history of the coast but also of the Deep South as the region became more urban and prosperous. The havens built by and for white southerners represent a regional transformation. These vacationers “found a way of life, a culture and context, much like the one they left back home—segregated (where blacks existed at all), small town, provincial, self-centered, and unassuming” (2).