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Southern Water, Southern PowerHow the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region$
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Christopher J. Manganiello

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620053

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620053.001.0001

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Lowell of the South

Lowell of the South

(p.21) Chapter 1 Lowell of the South
Southern Water, Southern Power

Christopher J. Manganiello

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter details how environmentalists John Muir and William Bartram, journalist Henry Grady, and engineer William Church Whitner acknowledged the value added to community growth by human and water power. The Lowell of the South—the New South's men of capital—and transnational engineers learned about the world's diverse organic energy projects and, as a result, constructed new North American systems with improved waterwheels and turbines, more efficient generators, taller dams, and longer transmission lines. They also built an increasingly complex number of pipeline conduits, diversion tunnels, and reservoirs necessary to produce and deliver energy to agricultural and industrial consumers. Corporate executives and engineers consciously replaced free-flowing rivers with artificial reservoirs throughout the Southeast. Ultimately, the New South's power organizes combined human and animal muscle power with agricultural production and waterpower in building a versatile organic energy regime.

Keywords:   Lowell of the South, John Muir, William Bartram, Henry Grady, William Church Whitner, organic energy, artificial reservoirs, waterpower

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