Katherine Rye Jewell, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at Fitchburg State University. She is the author of Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Conservatism in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017). She is currently writing a history of college radio for University of North Carolina Press.


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Reviews for Dollars for Dixie

“Jewell’s eye-opening, meticulously-researched account of the transformation of the modern South makes Dollars for Dixie a must-read for anyone trying to understand the businessmen who remade that region and, in the process, helped upend the rest of the country’s business dealings and politics.” – Elizabeth Shermer, Loyola University Chicago

“In this deeply researched and engagingly written study of the Southern States Industrial Council, Katherine Rye Jewell convincingly illustrates the central role played by southern manufacturers in the rise of free enterprise ideas within the broader conservative movement. This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the economic and political development of the South and the nation in the twentieth century.” – Kari Frederickson, University of Alabama

“Jewell makes a vital contribution to our understanding of regional disputes over industrial policy in the 1930s and their effect on the southern leadership that remade the political economy of the nation, post-World War II. This is an incredibly important work for anyone interested in the history of American capitalism and the rise of conservative politics in the second half of the twentieth century.” – Joe Crespino, Emory University, Atlanta

“Jewell’s impressively researched Dollars for Dixie provides the first major study of the often-overlooked Southern States Industrial Council, and its role in forging a political voice for southern business leaders during and after the New Deal. In so doing, she gives new insights into the relationship between the particular interests of southern business and the rise of a national conservative movement.” – Kim Phillips-Fein, New York University

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