Tom Hanchett, Author and Charlotte Historian

Date(s) - Mar 18, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Palm

“Tom Hanchett’s Sorting Out the New South City [discovers] surprising things about the development of Southern cities. The segregated Southern city of the mid-20th century originated not in the Old South or the early decades of the New; during those periods, the distribution of races throughout the city was in a ‘salt and pepper’ pattern. Urban segregation, Mr. Hanchett suggests, was a later creation, part of the rebellion against Reconstruction. Segregation was not a tradition; it was literally reactionary, a 20th-century reversal.”–The New York Times

One of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the South, Charlotte, came of age in the New South decades of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, transforming itself from a rural courthouse village to the trading and financial hub of America’s premier textile manufacturing region. 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.