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The American Sunbelt: Idea and Region
Journal of the West (1979)
  • Carl Abbott, Portland State University

The American South and West is a new urban region whose growing economic and political strength began during World War II with military expansion. The prosperity of the war years continued as manufacturing interests were attracted by low costs, and tourists and retirees were attracted by the mild climate. The shifts of population and production to the Sunbelt have made it a new American region.

  • Economic development,
  • Cities and towns
Publication Date
July, 1979
Citation Information
Carl Abbott. "The American Sunbelt: Idea and Region" Journal of the West Vol. 18 Iss. 3 (1979)
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