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“The Hope of the South”: The New Century Cotton Mill of Dallas, Texas, and the Business of Race in the New South, 1902–1907

“The Hope of the South”: The New Century Cotton Mill of Dallas, Texas, and the Business of Race... Figure 1: New Century Mill, c. 1905, from Detail of 1905 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map #44. Source: Sanborn Map Company, 1905 Sanford Fire Insurance Map, Dallas No. 44, in Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps­Texas (1877­1922), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, [Accessed Nov. 1, 2011]. Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin. By Shennette Garrett-Scott* ew South apostle Henry W. Grady's invitation to speak on "Texas Day" at the 1888 Texas State Fair in Dallas had come at the last minute. A group of young businessmen pressed fair organizers to extend an invitation to Grady about a month before opening day. The persistent, ambitious young men recruited the prestigious Dallas Commercial Club to their cause and after some prodding the fair organizers finally extended an invitation to Grady. The editor of the Atlanta Constitution had made a name for himself throughout the United States by stressing a new economic direction for the South. Combining fiery rhetoric and dynamic oratory, Grady advocated increased industrialization and scientific agriculture as a way to rebuild the war-ravaged South and to modernize the southern economy. He imagined a peaceful--and profitable--reconciliation with the South's northern neighbors and between whites and former http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Texas State Historical Association

“The Hope of the South”: The New Century Cotton Mill of Dallas, Texas, and the Business of Race in the New South, 1902–1907

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Figure 1: New Century Mill, c. 1905, from Detail of 1905 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map #44. Source: Sanborn Map Company, 1905 Sanford Fire Insurance Map, Dallas No. 44, in Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps­Texas (1877­1922), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, [Accessed Nov. 1, 2011]. Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin. By Shennette Garrett-Scott* ew South apostle Henry W. Grady's invitation to speak on "Texas Day" at the 1888 Texas State Fair in Dallas had come at the last minute. A group of young businessmen pressed fair organizers to extend an invitation to Grady about a month before opening day. The persistent, ambitious young men recruited the prestigious Dallas Commercial Club to their cause and after some prodding the fair organizers finally extended an invitation to Grady. The editor of the Atlanta Constitution had made a name for himself throughout the United States by stressing a new economic direction for the South. Combining fiery rhetoric and dynamic oratory, Grady advocated increased industrialization and scientific agriculture as a way to rebuild the war-ravaged South and to modernize the southern economy. He imagined a peaceful--and profitable--reconciliation with the South's northern neighbors and between whites and former

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Southwestern Historical QuarterlyTexas State Historical Association

Published: Sep 16, 2012

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