Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xvi

If the pages that follow have any sand in them, it’s because of my father. He joined the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Kentucky back in the 1940s. After he graduated, he served as an officer for more than twenty years. He went to places such as Labrador, venice, Wiesbaden. His orders took him...

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Introduction. Heading South

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pp. 1-16

For southerners such as Edgar Allan Poe, the seashore was a mysterious place. the sandy soil too poor to farm sheltered lore of ghosts, pirates, and buried riches. Sullivan’s island outside of Charleston, South Carolina, was ideal for one of Poe’s early experiments with tales of ratiocination, or detective fiction...

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1. Coastal Empires: Southern Beach Resorts and the Rise of the Sunbelt

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pp. 17-56

J. Lewis Brown, writing for Outlook in 1924, wanted to learn why roughly two million Americans from the Northeast and Midwest found “it absolutely necessary to go South every winter to round out their realm of happiness—something most of their forebears never thought of.” He identified three factors, of...

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2. Sand Storms: Mosquitoes, Hurricanes, and the Environmental Movement

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pp. 57-94

Though the adventurer wandered southward from ohio “by the wildest, leafiest, and least trodden way,” he soon confronted the scars made by civil war.1 trails led past “broken fields, burnt fences, mills, and woods ruthlessly slaughtered.”2 Homes were abandoned. Both blacks and whites pieced together new lives in...

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3. Black and Tan: Race, Tanning, and the Civil Rights Movement

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pp. 95-139

Near Jefferson Davis’s Beauvoir lay the Sea Shore Camp Ground of the Methodist episcopal Church, a recreation center for white Methodists along the Gulf. dedicated in 1872, the site had grown to a beach frontage of 1,400 feet and stretched two miles inland by the time Minnie Walter Myers visited in...

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4. Beach Belles: Femininity, Religion, and the Sexual Revolution

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pp. 140-176

James Gauker was a long way from home in 1944. An Indiana native and newlywed, the young airman found himself in Myrtle Beach practicing bombing runs over the Atlantic ocean. the weeklong exercises distracted from the otherwise monotonous routine of army life. Gauker wrote his wife about how his...

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5. Wet Lands: Moonshine, Gambling, and the Slow Death of Prohibition

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pp. 177-216

In the late 1950s Thomas Allison, a “revenuer” at the treasury department’s Anniston, Alabama, field office, traveled to the Florida Panhandle with his father-in-law to play golf. returning home, they stopped at a “small beer joint” on the Florida side of the state line; many Alabama counties were dry...

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Epilogue. Sunbelt Fetes

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pp. 217-218

Ed Kerr, writing for Harper’s Magazine in 1958, called attention to a peculiar phenomenon occurring across the Gulf South states as timber companies and real- estate developers crowded once sparsely used lands. Although possessing a fourth of the nation’s forest acreage, the South claimed more than...

Notes

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pp. 219-256

Bibliography

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pp. 257-278

Index

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pp. 279-295

Further Reading

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p. 296

Images

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pp. 297-304