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Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera An Insider's History of the Florida-Alabama Coast

ISBN-10: 0820345318

ISBN-13: 9780820345314

Edition: 2012

Authors: Harvey H. Jackson

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The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Rivieratraces the development of the Florida-Alabama coast as a tourist destination from the late 1920s and early 1930s, when it was sparsely populated with “small fishing villages,” through to the tragic and devastating BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.Harvey H. Jackson III focuses on the stretch of coast from Mobile Bay and Gulf Shores, Alabama, east to Panama City, Florida—an area known as the “Redneck Riviera.” Jackson explores the rise of this area as a vacation destination for the lower South’s middle- and working-class families following World War II, the building boom of the 1950s and 1960s, and the emergence of the Spring Break “season.” From the late sixties through 1979, severe hurricanes destroyed many small motels, cafes, bars, and early cottages that gave the small beach towns their essential character. A second building boom ensued in the 1980s dominated by high-rise condominiums and large resort hotels. Jackson traces the tensions surrounding the gentrification of the late 1980s and 1990s and the collapse of the housing market in 2008. While his major focus is on the social, cultural, and economic development, he also documents the environmental and financial impacts of natural disasters and the politics of beach access and dune and sea turtle protection.The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Rivierais the culmination of sixteen years of research drawn from local newspapers, interviews, documentaries, community histories, and several scholarly studies that have addressed parts of this region’s history. From his 1950s-built family vacation cottage in Seagrove Beach, Florida, and on frequent trips to the Alabama coast, Jackson witnessed the changes that have come to the area and has recorded them in a personal, in-depth look at the history and culture of the coast.A Friends Fund Publication.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 3/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Harvey H. Jackson III is Professor and Eminent Scholar in History at Jacksonville State University and is author, coauthor, or coeditor of nine books on various topics in southern history.

Introduction Alabama Dreaming
The Coast Jack Rivers Knew
The War and after It
Bring 'em Down, Keep 'em Happy, and Keep 'em Spending
Times They Were A-Changing
The Redneck Riviera Rises
A Storm Named Frederic
Sorting Out after the Storm
Playing by Different Rules
Storms and Sand, BOBOS and Snowbirds
Trouble in Paradise
Taming the Redneck Riviera
Making Money "Going Wild"
Selling the Redneck Riviera
"Where Nature Did Its Best"
Stumbling into the Future
Who Wants a Beach That Is Oily?
The Last Summer
Essay on Sources