1001 Things Everyone Should Know about the South

1001 Things Everyone Should Know about the South

by John Reed, Dale Volberg Reed
     
 

In 1,001 short, eminently readable mini-essays, Dixieologists John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed illuminate every nook and cranny of this fertile land and culture, clarifying with an authoritative but humorous touch what everyone should know about the South but probably doesn't. Interspersed with their incisive entries on history, politics, life, and

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In 1,001 short, eminently readable mini-essays, Dixieologists John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed illuminate every nook and cranny of this fertile land and culture, clarifying with an authoritative but humorous touch what everyone should know about the South but probably doesn't. Interspersed with their incisive entries on history, politics, life, and literature in this great collection of Southern trivia is a whole mess of fun facts—like how barbecue differs from state to state, where kudzu originally came from, why chivalry is so important to Southern males, and how bluegrass music first developed.

From Stonewall Jackson to Mahalia Jackson, from William Byrd to "Free Bird," 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South covers it all.

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Library Journal
The publication of the massive one-volume Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (LJ 7/89) gave librarians, historians, sociologists, and other researchers a treasure trove of invaluable information about the American South. Both of these new works continue to inquire into the peculiarities and distinctiveness of Southernness; both define the South as the 11 Confederate states plus West Virginia, Kentucky, and Maryland (1001 Things adds Oklahoma and Missouri to the list). The Reeds, both Southern academics, provide a cornucopia of succinct information that has historically made the South different from the rest of America. They divide their work into 12 broad topical sections such as "The Central Theme: Race and Politics" and "Grit Lit: Literature." Short paragraphs, often punctuated by photographs and illustrations, cover such diverse subjects as Bourbon Street, clogging, and Paul "Bear" Bryant. Howorth (Univ. of Mississippi) capitalizes on the trend of trivial pursuit publications. Her work offers a total of 762 questions with answers based on articles that appear in the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. The quiz book is divided into eight broad topical sections such as music and entertainment, literature, sports and recreation, the land, and art and architecture, with an average of 90 questions per section. Some questions are truly trivial, while others are thought-provoking, such as "What technological innovation has changed the nature of Southern life most dramatically?" Answer: Air conditioning. If that keen observer of Southern manners, Lewis Grizzard, were still alive he would no doubt enjoy these offbeat yet informative books. -Charles C. Hay, Eastern Kentucky Univ. Libs., Richmond

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385474412
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
7.24(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.04(d)

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