Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Frontmatter

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

p. v

read more

Acknowledgments

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. vii-viii

Writing a book is a very undemocratic process. A labor of many people goes into it, yet only one person gets the credit. This book benefi ts from the help of scores of individuals, covering three continents and a number of years. First, I would like to thank the late Gary Fink and my friend and mentor John M. Matthews at Georgia State University. ...

read more

INTRODUCTION: To the Souths—Both the New and the Latest

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-10

The first, vague idea for this book emerged in July 1991 on my first trip to the United States. While working in my native Finland as a young journalist, I had decided to spend my summer vacation touring the American South. The idea behind the trip was unabashedly romantic, shaped by my long-standing fascination with southern history and culture. I visited such storied places ...

read more

CHAPTER ONE: A New Game in South Carolina

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 11-32

The cartoon dominating the editorial page of the Spartanburg Herald on June 27, 1945, was especially savvy, reeling readers in with a sports theme starring their home town. The cartoonist had converted the Carolina Piedmont into a massive baseball diamond, a symbolic playing field for the postwar economic forces in the region. The artist had designated Columbia as first base, ...

read more

CHAPTER TWO: Origins of the Latest South

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 33-56

By the mid-1950s the unwavering optimism in South Carolina and Spartanburg was giving way to something resembling a rapidly worsening case of economic personality disorder. The state continued to enjoy the benefits of the postwar boom, with all indicators and public forums touting the growing progress and prosperity. Beneath the surface, however, vague forebodings ...

read more

CHAPTER THREE: The Roots of International Recruiting

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 57-75

The first foreign corporations came to Spartanburg relatively quietly in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and by the late 1960s their presence had turned into a major force shaping local culture and economy. The first European companies in Spartanburg were highly specialized textile machinery makers that arrived to serve the region's dominant industry and corporations. As ...

read more

CHAPTER FOUR: The Maturing of Foreign Investment in Spartanburg

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 76-92

As Spartanburg's international recruiting machine matured, the community became more sensitive to changes in international trade and politics. Developments in global markets, shipments of gold across the Atlantic, international trade, and even European election returns began to influence the economy of the South Carolina Piedmont. Throughout its history ...

read more

CHAPTER FIVE: Change and Continuity in Spartanburg

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 93-107

On Thursday, July 26, 1979, the front page of the Spartanburg Journal signaled a dramatic end of an era for the community. Richard Ellery Tukey, Spartanburg's leading recruiter and the CEO of its chamber of commerce, was dead at sixty-one. A rapidly advancing prostate cancer had claimed Tukey's life the previous day. City officials lowered all the flags on Spartanburg's public ...

read more

CONCLUSION: Persistence of Place

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 108-120

The growth in Spartanburg was a potentially challenging, even dangerous, development for the county's boosters and employers. Spartanburg's economic leadership had approached the growth as it had almost every other aspect of the community's life: by planning and careful presentation. The town had sought development but not at any price. Spartanburg had witnessed ...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 121-142

Bibliography

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 143-156

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 157-162