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Shapers of Southern History

Autobiographical Reflections

Author: John B. Boles

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820324746

Category: History

Page: 334

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This volume gathers personal recollections by fifteen eminent historians of the American South. Coming from distinctive backgrounds, traveling diverse career paths, and practicing different kinds of history, the contributors exemplify the field's richness on many levels. As they reflect on why they joined the profession and chose their particular research specialties, these historians write eloquently of family and upbringing, teachers and mentors, defining events and serendipitous opportunities. The struggle for civil rights was the defining experience for several contributors. Peter H. Wood remembers how black fans of the St. Louis Cardinals erupted in applause for the Dodgers' Jackie Robinson. "I realized for the first time," writes Wood, "that there must be something even bigger than hometown loyalties dividing Americans." Gender equality is another frequent concern in the essays. Anne Firor Scott tells of her advisor's ridicule when childbirth twice delayed Scott's dissertation: "With great effort I managed to write two chapters, but Professor Handlin was moved to inquire whether I planned to have a baby every chapter." Yet another prominent theme is the reconciliation of the professional and the personal, as when Bill C. Malone traces his scholarly interests back to "the memories of growing up poor on an East Texas cotton farm and finding escape and diversion in the sounds of hillbilly music." Always candid and often witty, each essay is a road map through the intellectual terrain of southern history as practiced during the last half of the twentieth century.

The Burden of Southern History

Author: Comer Vann Woodward

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 9780807118917

Category: History

Page: 304

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C. Van Wood ward brilliantly addresses the interrelated themes of southern identity, Southern distinctiveness, and the strains of irony that characterize much of the South's historical experience.

Southern History Across the Color Line

Author: Nell Irvin Painter

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807853603

Category: History

Page: 247

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This work reaches across the colour line to examine how race, gender, class and individual subjectivity shaped the lives of black and white women in the 19th- and 20th-century American South.

What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History

Author: Edward L. Ayers

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393285154

Category: History

Page: 224

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“An extremely good writer, [Ayers] is well worth reading . . . on the South and Southern history.”—Stephen Sears, Boston Globe The Southern past has proven to be fertile ground for great works of history. Peculiarities of tragic proportions—a system of slavery flourishing in a land of freedom, secession and Civil War tearing at a federal Union, deep poverty persisting in a nation of fast-paced development—have fed the imaginations of some of our most accomplished historians. Foremost in their ranks today is Edward L. Ayers, author of the award-winning and ongoing study of the Civil War in the heart of America, the Valley of the Shadow Project. In wide-ranging essays on the Civil War, the New South, and the twentieth-century South, Ayers turns over the rich soil of Southern life to explore the sources of the nation's and his own history. The title essay, original here, distills his vast research and offers a fresh perspective on the nation's central historical event.

Shared Traditions

Southern History and Folk Culture

Author: Charles W. Joyner

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252067723

Category: History

Page: 361

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Ranging from rites of power and resistance on the slave plantation to the creolization of language to the musical brew of blues, country, jazz, and rock, Shared Traditions reveals the distinctive culture born of a sharing by black and white southerners of their deep-rooted and diverse traditions.

Southern History of the War...: The third year

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: United States

Page: N.A

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Debating Southern History

Ideas and Action in the Twentieth Century

Author: Bruce Clayton,John A. Salmond

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847694143

Category: History

Page: 197

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Noted historians Bruce Clayton and John Salmond explore the mind of the "new South", from the pivotal 1920s to the tempestuous '60s.

Myth and Southern History: The Old South

Author: Patrick Gerster,Nicholas Cords

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252060243

Category: History

Page: 224

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William Faulkner and Southern History

Author: Joel Williamson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195356403

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 7651

One of America's great novelists, William Faulkner was a writer deeply rooted in the American South. In works such as The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, and Absalom, Absalom! Faulkner drew powerfully on Southern themes, attitudes, and atmosphere to create his own world and place--the mythical Yoknapatawpha County--peopled with quintessential Southerners such as the Compsons, Sartorises, Snopes, and McCaslins. Indeed, to a degree perhaps unmatched by any other major twentieth-century novelist, Faulkner remained at home and explored his own region--the history and culture and people of the South. Now, in William Faulkner and Southern History, one of America's most acclaimed historians of the South, Joel Williamson, weaves together a perceptive biography of Faulkner himself, an astute analysis of his works, and a revealing history of Faulkner's ancestors in Mississippi--a family history that becomes, in Williamson's skilled hands, a vivid portrait of Southern culture itself. Williamson provides an insightful look at Faulkner's ancestors, a group sketch so brilliant that the family comes alive almost as vividly as in Faulkner's own fiction. Indeed, his ancestors often outstrip his characters in their colorful and bizarre nature. Williamson has made several discoveries: the Falkners (William was the first to spell it "Faulkner") were not planter, slaveholding "aristocrats"; Confederate Colonel Falkner was not an unalloyed hero, and he probably sired, protected, and educated a mulatto daughter who married into America's mulatto elite; Faulkner's maternal grandfather Charlie Butler stole the town's money and disappeared in the winter of 1887-1888, never to return. Equally important, Williamson uses these stories to underscore themes of race, class, economics, politics, religion, sex and violence, idealism and Romanticism--"the rainbow of elements in human culture"--that reappear in Faulkner's work. He also shows that, while Faulkner's ancestors were no ordinary people, and while he sometimes flashed a curious pride in them, Faulkner came to embrace a pervasive sense of shame concerning both his family and his culture. This he wove into his writing, especially about sex, race, class, and violence, psychic and otherwise. William Faulkner and Southern History represents an unprecedented publishing event--an eminent historian writing on a major literary figure. By revealing the deep history behind the art of the South's most celebrated writer, Williamson evokes new insights and deeper understanding, providing anyone familiar with Faulkner's great novels with a host of connections between his work, his life, and his ancestry.

Slavery, Secession, and Southern History

Author: Robert L. Paquette,Lou Ferleger

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813919522

Category: History

Page: 229

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Presents essays that examine the philosophical and socioeconomic issues of slavery, such as the impact that slavery had on secession, the nature of relations between master and slave, and the effect the Civil War had on race relations.

Lee's Tarnished Lieutenant

James Longstreet and His Place in Southern History

Author: William Garrett Piston

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820312293

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

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Reconstructing the military career of one of the Confederacy's most competent but also one of its most vilified corps commanders, this book reveals how Longstreet became, in the years after Appomattox, the Judas of the Lost Cause, the scapegoat for Lee's and the South's defeat.

The Journal of Southern History

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Southern States

Page: N.A

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Includes section "Book reviews."

Myth and Southern History: The New South

Author: Patrick Gerster,Nicholas Cords

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252060250

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 2296

Many historical myths are actually false yet psychologically true. The contributors to this volume see myth and reality as complementary elements in the historical record. Myth And Southern History is as much a commentary of southern historiography as it is on the viability of myth in the historical process.

Manners and Southern History

Author: Ted Ownby

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604736410

Category: Reference

Page: 169

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The concept of southern manners may evoke images of debutantes being introduced to provincial society or it might conjure thoughts of the humiliating behavior white supremacists expected of African Americans under Jim Crow. The essays in Manners and Southern History analyze these topics and more. Scholars here investigate the myriad ways in which southerners from the Civil War through the civil rights movement understood manners. Contributors write about race, gender, power, and change. Essays analyze the ways southern white women worried about how to manage anger during the Civil War, the complexities of trying to enforce certain codes of behavior under segregation, and the controversy of college women's dating lives in the raucous 1920s. Writers study the background and meaning of Mardi Gras parades and debutante balls, the selective enforcement of antimiscegenation laws, and arguments over the form that opposition to desegregation should take. Concluding essays by Jane Dailey and John F. Kasson summarize and critique the other articles and offer a broader picture of the role that manners played in the social history of the South. Essays by Catherine Clinton, Joseph Crespino, Jane Dailey, Lisa Lindquist Dorr, Anya Jabour, John F. Kasson, Jennifer Ritterhouse, and Charles F. Robinson II Ted Ownby teaches history and southern studies at the University of Mississippi.

Southern History on Screen

Race and Rights, 1976-2016

Author: Bryan M. Jack

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813176468

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 242

View: 1121

Hollywood films have been influential in the portrayal and representation of race relations in the South and how African Americans are cinematically depicted in history, from The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Gone with the Wind (1939) to The Help (2011) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). With an ability to reach mass audiences, films represent the power to influence and shape the public's understanding of our country's past, creating lasting images -- both real and imagined -- in American culture. In Southern History on Screen: Race and Rights, 1976--2016, editor Bryan Jack brings together essays from an international roster of scholars to provide new critical perspectives on Hollywood's relationships between historical films, Southern history, identity, and the portrayal of Jim Crow--era segregation. This collection analyzes films through the lens of religion, politics, race, sex, and class, building a comprehensive look at the South as seen on screen. By illuminating depictions of the southern belle in Gone with the Wind, the religious rhetoric of southern white Christians and the progressive identity of the "white heroes" in A Time to Kill (1996) and Mississippi Burning (1988), as well as many other archetypes found across films, this book explores the intersection between film, historical memory, and southern identity.

The Lost Cause

A New Southern History of the War of the Confederates. Comprising a Full and Authentic Account of the Rise and Progress of the Late Southern Confederacy--the Campaigns, Battles, Incidents, and Adventures of the Most Gigantic Struggle of the World's History. Drawn from Official Sources, and Approved by the Most Distinguished Confederate Leaders

Author: Edward Alfred Pollard

Publisher: N.A


Category: Confederate States of America

Page: 762

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Southern History

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: England, Southern

Page: N.A

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The South's New Racial Politics

Inside the Race Game of Southern History

Author: Glen Browder

Publisher: NewSouth Books

ISBN: 9781603062275

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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The South’s New Racial Politics presents an original thesis about how blacks and whites in today’s South engage in a politics that is qualitatively different from the past. Glen Browder—as practitioner and scholar—argues that politicians of the two races now practice an open, sophisticated, biracial game that, arguably, means progress; but it also can bring out old-fashioned, cynical, and racist Southern ways. The lesson to be learned from this interpretative analysis is that the Southern political system, while still constrained by racial problems, is more functional than ever before. Southerners perhaps can now move forward in dealing with their legacy of hard history.

Still Fighting the Civil War

The American South and Southern History

Author: David Goldfield

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 0807129607

Category: History

Page: 376

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Newcomers to the South often remark that southerners, at least white southerners, are still fighting the Civil War -- a strange preoccupation considering that the war formally ended more than one hundred and thirty-five years ago and fewer than a third of southerners today can claim an ancestor who actually fought in the conflict. But even if the war is far removed both in time and genealogy, it survives in the hearts of many of the region's residents and often in national newspaper headlines concerning battle flags, racial justice, and religious conflicts. In this sweeping narrative of the South from the Civil War to the present, noted historian David Goldfield contemplates the roots of southern memory and explains how this memory has shaped the modern South both for good and ill. He candidly discusses how and why white southern men fashioned the myths of the Lost Cause and the Redemption out of the Civil War and Reconstruction and how they shaped a religion to canonize the heroes and reify the events of those fated years. Goldfield also recounts how blacks and white women eventually crafted a different, more inclusive version of southern history and how that new vision has competed with more traditional perspectives. As Goldfield shows, the battle for southern history, and for the South, continues -- in museums, public spaces, books, state legislatures, and the minds of southerners. Given the region's growing economic power and political influence, the outcome of this war is more than a historian's preoccupation; it is of national importance. Integrating history and memory, religion, race, and gender, Still Fighting the Civil War will help newcomers, longtime residents, and curious outsiders alike attain a better understanding of the South and each other.

Magnolias and Cornbread

An Outline of Southern History for Unreconstructed Southerners

Author: Leslie R. Tucker

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 145024145X

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 6110

Know your Southern history so that you can help to defend it. Our heritage is too important to leave to Yankee and Scalawag revisionist. In America today most are proud to boast of their cultural background whether that be Irish, African, Hispanic or whatever. One of the largest segments of the American population is attacked for displaying pride in their heritage, those with Confederate ancestors. We are immediately classified as racist if we display the battle flag that the Southern soldier carried as he defended his home and family from invasion. We have made some progress in convincing others that our flag is meant to symbolize heritage not hate but we have further to go. The author is one Southerner who feels that his ancestors were like their grandfathers before them, simply fighting for their right to self government. They did nothing to be pardoned for and we do nothing wrong in being proud of them just as other Americans take pride in their ancestors. The best way to do this is to become familiar with our history. In recent years many academic historians have joined the attacks of our Confederate heritage. We must not leave our history to be told by Yankee and Scalawag revisionist historians. Everyone who feels the same way should read this outline of Southern history for Unreconstructed Southerners.

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