By James C. Cobb
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From the 17th century Cavaliers and Uncle Tom's Cabin to Civil Rights museums and today's conflicts over the accomplice flag, here's a marvelous portrait of southern identification, served in a fascinating combination of heritage, literature, and pop culture. during this insightful booklet, written with dry wit and sharp perception, James C. Cobb explains how the South first got here to be seen--and then got here to work out itself--as a zone except the remainder of the United States.
As Cobb demonstrates, the legend of the aristocratic Cavalier origins of southern planter society was once nurtured via either northern and southern writers, simply to be challenged by way of abolitionist critics, black and white. After the Civil battle, defeated and embittered southern whites included the Cavalier delusion into the cult of the "Lost Cause," which provided the emotional strength for his or her decided campaign to rejoin the Union on their lonesome phrases. After global warfare I, white writers like Ellen Glasgow, William Faulkner and different key figures of "Southern Renaissance" in addition to their African American opposite numbers within the "Harlem Renaissance"--Cobb is the 1st to teach the powerful hyperlinks among the 2 movements--challenged the recent South creed through asking how the grandiose imaginative and prescient of the South's prior might be reconciled with the dismal fact of its current. The Southern self-image underwent one other sea switch within the wake of the Civil Rights move, whilst the top of white supremacy shook the previous definition of the "Southern means of life"--but whilst, African americans started to research their southern roots extra brazenly and include their nearby, in addition to racial, id. because the millennium became, the South faced a brand new id problem caused by international homogenization: if Southern tradition is all over, has the hot South turn into the No South?
Here then is a big paintings by way of certainly one of America's best Southern historians, a magisterial synthesis that mixes wealthy scholarship with provocative new insights into what the South potential to southerners and to the US as well.
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