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A Way ForwardBuilding a Globally Competitive South$
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Daniel P. Gitterman and Peter A. Coclanis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807873359

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807872895_gitterman

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The South and 20th-Century Economic History

The South and 20th-Century Economic History

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A Way Forward

Daniel P. Gitterman

Peter A. Coclanis

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter argues that people no longer think the economic problems of the American South merit special treatment—that there is no longer anything especially peculiar about the Southern economy. Yet the South has long seen itself and been seen as a distinctive region within the American polity and for that reason has nurtured a long tradition of self-reflection, including economic self-reflection. That tradition has been bolstered by the fact that for most if not all of its existence as a self-conscious region, the South really has been peculiar in its institutions, especially with its chronic relative poverty and underdevelopment. In this regard, contributions such as the Southern Growth Policies Board's Halfway Home and a Long Way to Go and MDC's Shadows in the Sunbelt are heirs to a long tradition of economic commentary.

Keywords:   economic problems, American South, Southern economy, American polity, economic self-reflection

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