Welcome to South Carolina: race, sex and the rise of tourism in Myrtle Beach, 1900-1975

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dc.contributor Frederickson, Kari A.
dc.contributor Rable, George C.
dc.contributor Giggie, John Michael
dc.contributor Dorr, Lisa Lindquist
dc.contributor Starnes, Richard D.
dc.contributor.advisor Frederickson, Kari A.
dc.contributor.author Hourigan, Richard R.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:26:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:26:10Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000267
dc.identifier.other Hourigan_alatus_0004D_10257
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/773
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Though scholars have long focused on the impact traditional industries had on the development of the South, few have looked at the role tourism played in the economic and cultural transformation of the region. Even in South Carolina, tourism, not textiles or agriculture, is the state's number one industry. This work discovers how Myrtle Beach, the Palmetto State's biggest attraction, developed and adapted to the nation's changing cultural mores, all the while trying not to deviate too far from southern values. The study examines the impact of the tourism industry on the development of the city during a period of immense social and cultural turmoil in the United States, 1954 to 1973. Myrtle Beach leaders, concerned with keeping and expanding the tourism industry, contended with the ramifications of the civil rights and women's liberation movements, along with the opening of the interstate highway system. All the while, boosters tried never to waiver from their support of the town's family beach image. What they created though, was a white middle-class men's vacation paradise complete with golf courses and strip clubs. The city became a place to get away from the racial unrest and growing women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Myrtle Beach was caught between a mythic pre-1960s South of racial harmony and innocence and a modern, racially and sexually open society. Finally, this project discovers how South Carolina leaders used city boosters' tourism promotional strategies in marketing the state. Between 1945 and 1970, Southerners began to realize that tourism was an economic force. Southern governors meticulously crafted strategies to attract tourists to their states, working like their predecessors had before them to obtain northern smokestack industries. South Carolina was no exception. Governors McNair and West treated tourism in much the same fashion. The two leaders hired the most experienced people in the Palmetto State to head up the promotion. Many of these people came from Myrtle Beach. They helped impose the city's promotional strategies upon the state's efforts.
dc.format.extent 238 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other History, United States
dc.title Welcome to South Carolina: race, sex and the rise of tourism in Myrtle Beach, 1900-1975
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of History
etdms.degree.discipline History
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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