THE BOOM: Surging to Prosperity

The pine coffin was imported from Cincinnati ...The iron in the shovel that dug his grave was imported from Pittsburgh ... They buried him in a New York coat and a Boston pair of shoes and a pair of breeches from Chicago and a shirt from Cincinnati. The South didn 't furnish a thing on earth for that funeral but the corpse and the hole in the ground.

That lament by Journalist Henry Grady summed up the glaring lack of industrial development in the South in 1889. For almost a century after the...

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