essAy .................... The Sunbelt's Sandy Foundation Coastal Development and the Making of the Modern South by Andrew W. Kahrl Over the second half of the twentieth century, an army of engineers, developers, and promoters turned fragile ribbons of sand into real estate, and formerly remote, desolate, and sparsely populated shores into vibrant leisure and tourism economies. "Palmettoes on Isle of Palms near Charleston, S.C.," 1901, William Henry Jackson, Library of Congress. "And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." --Matthew 7:2627 n October 2005, less than two months after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast and as hundreds of thousands of Mississippians remained homeless, the Mississippi state legislature assembled a special session. At the urging of Harrah's Entertainment and other major players in the gaming industry, the state rushed through legislation that permitted the construction of inland mega-resorts, deemed of critical importance for the state's recovery. The move was an indicator
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Aug 16, 2014
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