"The best collection available concerning current trends affecting the Southern working class."--Leon Fink, University of Illinois-Chicago
"The essays in this collection raise fundamental questions about development, globalization, and change in the American South and will appeal to a broad array of scholars concerned with the current waves of social and economic change sweeping the nation."--Louis M. Kyriakoudes, University of Southern Mississippi
Over the last forty years, the American South has become very diverse very quickly. New businesses and job opportunities in the region have driven this growth, brought an influx of capital, and attracted residents from other parts of the country and the world. Since World War II, traditionalism in the South has had to live side-by-side with a South embodying internationalism, diversity, and movement.
In this volume, a group of historians, anthropologists, and other social scientists examine the intersection of labor history and migration studies to explain the South's recent dynamism in both urban and rural settings. Under the editorship of Robert Cassanello and Colin Davis, these essays examine the transformation of the Southern workplace since World War II, the impact migration has on workers who don't move, and the corporations and industry that have relocated below the Mason-Dixon line.
Robert Cassanello is assistant professor of history at the University of Central Florida. Colin J. Davis is professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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"Offers a worthwhile look at migration, race, and labor in the modern South."
--The Journal of American History Vol. 97, No. 3
"A realization of the growing complexities of the modern, latest 'New South' calls for seeing the former Confederacy in a newer, globalized light."
"The most important feature of this book is the fact that it expands the concept of race in the South beyond black and white."
"Large, impersonal forces, such as corporations and globalizations, not to mention the ever-present issue of race, shaped the South in various ways after World War II, and the essays of Migration and Transformation of the Southern Workplace Since 1945 do an excellent job in showing these diverse issues."
--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, vol. 108 No. 1
"Robert Cassanello and Colin J. Davis have done an outstanding job of selecting and organizing these essays. The works themselves cover a broad range of topics, places, and methodological approaches, building upon one another in their analyses of changes and continuities in the southern workplace. In doing so, they offer a prescient commentary on the region's past, present, and future."
--The Alabama Review