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Elmore on “Country Capitalism”

May 23, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Prof. Bart Elmore of Ohio State, a specialist in American business history, is giving a talk at FlyLeaf on Tuesday, May 23, on his new book—Country Capitalism: How Corporations from the American South Remade Our Economy and the Planet. The book has just been published by UNC Press and is available either at Flyleaf or through the UNC Press website. A description of the book is copied below.

Given the topic and its connections to the South, the talk may be of interest to a number of members of our department and historically minded community!

More information and a registration link can be found here. Preregistration is recommended but not required. Dr. Elmore will be signing books at 5:30 and his talk will begin at 6 p.m.

About Country Capitalism:

The rural roads that led to our planet-changing global economy ran through the American South. That region’s impact on the interconnected histories of business and ecological change is narrated here by acclaimed scholar Bart Elmore, who uses the histories of five southern firms—Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Walmart, FedEx, and Bank of America—to investigate the environmental impact of our have-it-now, fly-by-night, buy-on-credit economy.

Drawing on exclusive interviews with company executives, corporate archives, and other records, Elmore explores the historical, economic, and ecological conditions that gave rise to these five trailblazing corporations. He then considers what each has become: an essential presence in the daily workings of the global economy and an unmistakable contributor to the reshaping of the world’s ecosystems.


May 23, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm