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A People, a Place: The Story of Abilene, Volume 2: The Modern City, 1940-2010

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A People, a Place

The Story of Abilene, Volume 2: The Modern City, 1940-2010

By Robert W. Sledge

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Format: Paperback, 488 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 15 November 2011
In 1940, Abilene, Texas was just an overgrown country town of some 25,000 souls. World War II wrought a permanent change through the advent of a major army training camp housing 60,000 troops. Although the base closed at the end of the war, the city soon attracted an air force base that continued to leaven the community.Over the next seventy years, Abilene grew to be home to nearly 120,000 citizens. Population growth carried with it the need for geographic expansion, infrastructure upgrade, and economic diversification, but also unimaginable cultural change. While the retail operations of the city spread far beyond the bounds of the old business district, a historic preservation initiative changed the deteriorating downtown into a thriving and vibrant cultural center. Robert W. Sledge picks up the story of Abilene where Volume 1: The Future Great City left off and takes readers through the history of the burgeoning country town as it became a modern city. He details Abilene as the central presence of a wide region known as "the Big County" and places it distinctly in the modern era.

About the Author

ROBERT W. SLEDGE is Professor Emeritus of History, McMurry University, and historian-in-residence for the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation. He has written several pieces on the history of Abilene, a place he has called home for the past forty-five years.

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"This book is a good companion to the first volume." --Robert C. Fink "A very thorough and highly readable history of Abilene from 1940 to the present day." --Glen Dromgoole "A very thorough and highly readable history of Abilene from 1940 to the present day." -Glenn Dromgoole "This book is a good companion to the first volume. " -Robert C. Fink "A very thorough and highly readable history of Abilene from 1940 to the present day." -Glenn Dromgoole

EAN: 9781933337456
ISBN: 1933337451
Publisher: State House Press
Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.2 x 1.9 centimetres (0.65 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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