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By Anthony Stanonis, Bryant Simon, Jane Dailey

While conventional industries like fabric or lumber generators have obtained a majority of the scholarly recognition dedicated to southern monetary improvement, Faith in Bikinis presents an untold tale of the recent South, person who explores how tourism performed a valuable function in revitalizing the southern financial system and remodeling southern tradition after the Civil struggle. alongside the coast of the yank South, a tradition emerged that negotiated the extra inflexible non secular, social, and racial practices of the inland cotton nation and the extra indulgent consumerism of tourists, many from the North, who sought better freedom to get pleasure from intercourse, playing, alcohol, and different pleasures. at the coastline, the Sunbelt South—the glossy South—first emerged.

This publication examines these tensions and the way coastal southerners controlled to placate either. White supremacy used to be supported, however the motels’ dependence on confident exposure gave African americans leverage to pursue racial equality, together with entry to shores frequently restored in the course of the expenditure of federal tax cash. monitors of girls clad in scanty swimming wear served to marketplace inns through pamphlets, newspaper promotions, and picture. but such advertising and marketing of sexuality used to be couched within the kind of rigorously controlled good looks contests and the language of Christian wholesomeness generally celebrated by means of lodge boosters. Prohibition legislation have been overtly flaunted in Galveston, Biloxi, Myrtle seashore, Virginia seashore, and in other places. but profit from revenues taxes made states reluctant to rein in hotel actions. This profit bridged the divide among the coastal hotels and agricultural pursuits, making a area for the hot South to return into being.

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Then, in 1905, Chicago railroad executive George West, who had owned a vacation home in the area since 1887, established the Gulf Coast development Company to hawk real estate. He also founded the community’s first bank and a telephone company. the town soon received a new name—Panama City—to reflect its proximity to the canal in Central America. ” A railroad arrived in 1908. 25 Panama City’s driving forces came via two other businessmen. A SpanishAmerican War veteran from Georgia named Walter Colquitt Sherman arrived in 1913.

By May 1901 the company had opened the Sea Side inn and began marketing lots, though sales were slow for the next decade. then Simeon Chapin, a native of Milwaukee who had earned a fortune as a Chicago banker and broker, arrived. the financier had honeymooned in daytona Beach in 1892 and visited Myrtle Beach in 1911 on a hunting trip. Seeing the economic potential, Chapin partnered with the Burroughs brothers, who managed the 65,000-acre tract operated by their company. in october 1912 the land was transferred to the new Myrtle Beach Farms Company.

26 even Florida tourism interests regularly battled agricultural political kingpins, known as the Pork Chop Gang, based in the northern and central parts of the state. From the earliest days, tensions existed. ” Cash-rich south Floridians believed that cash-poor north Floridians, who dominated the legislature, wasted tax revenue on nontourism projects. twenty districts with 13 percent of the state population claimed the majority of seats in the Florida house and senate. Judge S.  Clarke, longtime leader of 26 · C h a p t e r o n e the state senate, retired in 1965.

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