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Sorting Out Charlotte program with Dr. Tom Hanchett

Dr. Hanchett traces Charlotte's spatial evolution over the course of a century, exploring the interplay of national trends and local forces that shaped the city, and, by extension, other New South urban centers.

Sorting Out Charlotte program with Dr. Tom Hanchett

Time & Location

Jul 18, 6:00 PM

Time Out Youth, 3800 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

About the event

One of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the South, Charlotte, North Carolina, came of age in the New South decades of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, transforming itself from a rural courthouse village to the trading and financial hub of America's premier textile manufacturing region. In this lecture, Thomas Hanchett traces the city's spatial evolution over the course of a century, exploring the interplay of national trends and local forces that shaped Charlotte, and, by extension, other New South urban centers.  

Hanchett argues that racial and economic segregation are not age-old givens, but products of a decades-long process. Well after the Civil War, Charlotte's whites and blacks, workers and business owners, all lived intermingled in a "salt-and-pepper" pattern. The rise of large manufacturing enterprises in the 1880s and 1890s brought social and political upheaval, however, and the city began to sort out into a "checkerboard" of distinct neighborhoods segregated by both race and class. When urban renewal and other federal funds became available in the mid- twentieth century, local leaders used the money to complete the sorting out process, creating a "sector" pattern in which wealthy Whites increasingly lived on one side of town and Blacks on the other.

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