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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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Water and Power

Water and Power

(p.190) Epilogue Water and Power
Southern Water, Southern Power

Christopher J. Manganiello

University of North Carolina Press

This concluding chapter chronicles the book's demonstration of the crucial role of human manipulation and use of river basins in the region's modernization between the New South and Sun Belt eras. Life changed during the famous New South period (1890—1930); Georgians depended increasingly on railroads, but the ridgeline occupants never hid their affection for river basins. All of the established energy-generation facilities—the renewable and the fossil fuel systems—depended on water, and all were interconnected via transmission lines. These “networks of power” furnished Atlanta with electricity and what were considered modern conveniences in the 1920s: street lights, electric fans, and electric streetcars. Energy and water choices played a major part in the American South's history, and if that is any indication, water and energy choices will continue to affect one another well into the future.

Keywords:   river basins, human manipulation, modernization, New South era, Sun Belt era, fossil fuel systems, water power, American South

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