Boom Town

Boom Town

How Wal-Mart Transformed An All-American Town Into An International Community

eBook - 2009
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"In 1950, Sam Walton, founder of the Wal- Mart empire, arrived in the Bible Belt town of Bentonville, Arkansas-population 2,900 white Christians-and found it suited him just fine. Six decades later, the town is headquarters to corporations and home to a population of 30,000, including blacks, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Marshall Islanders, and the fastest-growing Latino population in the country. Boom Town: How Wal-Mart Transformed an All-American Town into an International Community explores the personal stories behind the growth of this microcosm of America's social, political, and cultural shifts. There is the multimillionaire Palestinian refugee who arrived penniless and is dedicated to building a synagogue, the Mexican mother who was fired after injuring herself on the job, a black Wal-Mart executive whose arrival coincided with a KKK rally, and a Hindu father concerned about interracial dating. An entertaining, intimate, and often moving chronicle of how different ethnicities, races, and religions come together and struggle to adapt, the book combines sociology, drama, and humanity to illustrate the imperceptible and unpredictable movements that shape our national persona."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781569763704
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (288 pages)

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