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Memphis and the Paradox of PlaceGlobalization in the American South$
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Wanda Rushing

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832998

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895610_rushing

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Cotton Fields, Cargo Planes, & Biotechnology

Cotton Fields, Cargo Planes, & Biotechnology

Memphis and the Paradoxes of Development

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Memphis and the Paradox of Place

Wanda Rushing

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter defines geographic location as a characteristic of place fundamental to understanding the economic structure of Memphis and the city's role as a major distribution node in the global economy. Memphis plays a prominent role, not only because of the city's central east-west geographic location in the continental United States and its north-south location equidistant between Toronto, Canada, and Monterrey, Mexico, but also because of its two-hundred-year history of place-specific decisions, activities, and transformations. The city's geographic location on the bluffs of the Mississippi River near the rich cotton-producing region of the Mississippi Delta and an abundance of hardwood forests and natural resources, along with a tradition of entrepreneurialism and a history of labor-intensive human productivity, supplied the means to drive economic development related to agricultural and industrial production.

Keywords:   geographic location, place, economic structure, Memphis, major distribution node, global economy

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