1001 Things Everyone Should Know about the South

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In 1001 eminently readable mini-essays. Dixicologists John and Dale Reed illuminate every nook and cranny of this fertile land and culture, clarifying with an authoritative but humorous touch what we all should know about the region but probably don't. From Stonewall Jackson to Mahalia Jackson, from William Byrd to "Free Bird," 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South covers it all. 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South is an irreverent, idiosyncratic, and information-filled catalog of all ...
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Overview

In 1001 eminently readable mini-essays. Dixicologists John and Dale Reed illuminate every nook and cranny of this fertile land and culture, clarifying with an authoritative but humorous touch what we all should know about the region but probably don't. From Stonewall Jackson to Mahalia Jackson, from William Byrd to "Free Bird," 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South covers it all. 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South is an irreverent, idiosyncratic, and information-filled catalog of all things Southern - the people, places, history, traditions, food, and foibles that fascinate Americans both north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385474412
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/1996
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Southland: Geography and Environment 1
2 Southern Culture(s): Origins and Folkways 23
3 Boom and Bust: Agriculture, Commerce, and Industry 47
4 The Southern Nation: The Confederacy and Its Legacy 73
5 The Central Theme: Race and Politics 101
6 Grit Lit: Writers and Literature 129
7 Picking and Singing: Music and Dance 159
8 Eating and Drinking: Southern Cuisine 189
9 Paintings and Porticoes: Architecture and Art 209
10 Preaching and Teaching: Religion and Higher Education 235
11 Kicking Back: Sports and Tourism 251
12 The Mythic South: The South of the Mind 271
Acknowledgments 295
Index 297
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