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By Mike Goodson

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On July four, 1845, the piercing sound of a steamboat's whistle alongside the banks of the Coosa River served as an unique, technological proclamation for the start of a brand new period in Northeast Alabama. The touchdown of Captain James Lafferty's steamboat, the Coosa, marked the genesis of a brand new city and the conclusion of a shared imaginative and prescient of Gabriel Hughes, Joseph Hughes, and John S. Moragne. From that second on, hundreds of thousands upon 1000's of pioneering women and men immigrated to Gadsden within the latter a part of the 19th century pursuing the yankee dream of land and opportunity.

Gadsden: urban of Champions, with over a hundred black-and-white illustrations, provides a entire background of Gadsden's astounding improvement and information some of the phases of the city's evolution, from a impartial enjoying box among rival Cherokee and Creek tribes, to a barren region stagecoach cease, to a humble village, to a huge riverboat port, right into a glossy commercial city.

Amid streetcars, opera homes, bustling turbines, and unpaved streets, readers meet neighborhood figures, akin to Colonel R.B. Kyle, Captain James M. Elliott Jr., pass judgement on John H. Disque, Emma Sansom, and John W. knowledge, and a bunch of colourful CHaracters-riverboat pilots, theater managers, mill employees, Pulltight saloonkeepers, and bootleggers-against an epic backdrop of conflict, Reconstruction, melancholy, hearth, and prosperity.

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It also echoed into subsequent boomlets of children as it reached reproductive age—and gave rise to talk of “tidal waves” of population derived from the original bulge. One peculiar feature of demographic goats is that their ingestion sometimes follows a period of starvation and is sometimes followed by another one; the birth rate of the 1950s and 1960s is again an example, following the small cohorts of he depression years, and experiencing the relative shrinkage afterward. The effect was a period of underdemand, followed by a massive growth, followed by a period of excess capacity and then slower growth if not stagnation in the 1970s.

Internationalization of disciplines only extends the problem, as do opportunities for rapid electronic communication outside the community and nation. What university community remains is “a whole series of communities” (Kerr 1963: 1), and perhaps a residual general community that is largely imagined or supposed, one proclaimed on ceremonial occasions by campus leaders and governing boards, at athletic events, and in times of political crisis. If I may end this chapter on a personal, somewhat ironic note, I confess that I often feel that my university is a community, that I am a member of it, and that I love it as a community.

Internationalization of disciplines only extends the problem, as do opportunities for rapid electronic communication outside the community and nation. What university community remains is “a whole series of communities” (Kerr 1963: 1), and perhaps a residual general community that is largely imagined or supposed, one proclaimed on ceremonial occasions by campus leaders and governing boards, at athletic events, and in times of political crisis. If I may end this chapter on a personal, somewhat ironic note, I confess that I often feel that my university is a community, that I am a member of it, and that I love it as a community.

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