The American South: A Reader and Guide


This one-stop introduction to the American South brings together key readings in southern history, from the region's colonial beginnings to the present. Drawing together essential works in the field - selected and introduced by a range of cutting-edge scholars - The American South is the ideal textbook for undergraduates and graduate students in American Studies and History. Explores key themes in southern history:* the South from colonial beginnings through the American ...
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This one-stop introduction to the American South brings together key readings in southern history, from the region's colonial beginnings to the present. Drawing together essential works in the field - selected and introduced by a range of cutting-edge scholars - The American South is the ideal textbook for undergraduates and graduate students in American Studies and History. Explores key themes in southern history:* the South from colonial beginnings through the American Revolution
• the origins and evolving character of American slavery* life in the antebellum South o the roots, course and consequences of the American Civil War
• emancipation, Reconstruction and the coming of the New South
• the rise, nature and ultimate defeat of southern segregation
• the inter-dynamics of race, class and gender in the cultural and material development of the region
• current trends of the American South within a global context.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Southern History
a first-rate collection of scholarship
Library Journal
Written by leading international university scholars on the topic, this reader offers a fascinating look at the myths and realities surrounding the evolution of the South's culture and people. The essays explore many aspects of Southern culture, history, and identity from its earliest days in Colonial Virginia through the Revolution, slavery, the rise and fall of the Confederacy, emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights Movement, up to today. References, which flesh out the topics covered in greater detail, abound to contemporaneous works in both the notes and lists for further reading. VERDICT Anyone with an interest in American or Southern history, African American history, the history of the civil rights era, or contemporary history of the New South will benefit from this book.—Christine Sharbrough, Derry P.L., Manchester, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748619979
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2012
  • Series: Edinburgh Studies in Film Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Letwin is Associate Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University

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Table of Contents

Notes on the Chapter Authors viii

Introduction 1

1 Thinking about the South John B. Boles 4

Ulrich B. Phillips, extract from "The Central Theme of Southern History," American Historical Review 14

David M. Potter, extract from "The Enigma of the South," The South and the Sectional Conflict 15

C. Vann Woodward, extract from "The Search for Southern Identity," The Burden of Southern History 17

James C. Cobb, extract from Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity 21

2 Origins of the Old South: The Colonial Era Lorri Glover 24

Edmund S. Morgan, extract from American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia 32

Allan Kulikoff, extract from Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake, 1680-1800 37

Kathleen M. Brown, extract from Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia 40

Ira Berlin, extract from Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America 43

3 The South in the Ages of the Revolution and the New Republic Adam Rothman 50

Jack P. Greene, extract from '"Slavery or Independence:' Some Reflections on the Relationship Among Liberty, Black Bondage, and Equality in Revolutionary South Carolina," South Carolina Historical Magazine 60

Sylvia R. Frey, extract from Water from the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age 64

Michael McDonnell, extract from "Class War? Class Struggles during the American Revolution in Virginia," William and Mary Quarterly 70

4 Slavery in the Antebellum South Stephanie J. Shaw 76

Ulrich B. Phillips, extract from American Negro Slavery: A Survey of the Supply, Employment and Control of Negro Labor as Determined by the Plantation Regime 86

John W. Blassingame, extract from The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South 89

Charles Dew, extract from Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge 92

Charles Joyner, extract from Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community 95

William Dusinberre, extract from Them Dark Days: Slavery in the American Rice Swamps 100

5 Class and Culture in the White South Victoria Bynum 104

Frank Lawrence Owsley, extract from Plain Folk of the Old South 113

Charles C. Bolton, extract from Poor Whites of the Antebellum South: Tenants and Laborers in Central North Carolina and Northeast Mississippi 118

Michele Gillespie, extract from "To Harden a Lady's Hand: Gender Politics, Racial Realities, and Female Millworkers in Antebellum Georgia," in Susanna Delfino and Michele Gillespie, eds., Neither Lady Nor Slave: Working Women of the Old South 126

6 The Coming of Sectional Crisis Frank Towers 135

Eugene D. Genovese, extract from The Political Economy of Slavery: Studies in the Economy and Society of the Slave South 145

Stephanie McCurry, extract from "The Two Faces of Republicanism: Gender and Proslavery Politics in Antebellum South Carolina," Journal of American History 150

William W. Freehling, extract from The South Vs. The South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War 155

James L. Huston, extract from "Property Rights in Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War," Journal of Southern History 161

7 The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy Anne Sarah Rubin 168

David M. Potter, extract from "The Historian's Use of Nationalism and Vice Versa," in Don E. Fehrenbacher, ed., History and American Society: Essays of David M. Potter 177

Drew Gilpin Faust, extract from Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War 180

Gary W. Gallagher, extract from The Confederate War 184

Bruce Levine, extract from Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War 187

8 Emancipation, Reconstruction, Redemption Kate Masur 191

Eric Foner, extract from Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 200

Julie Saville, extract from The Work of Reconstruction: From Slave to Wage Laborer in South Carolina, 1860-1870 204

Steven Hahn, extract from A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration 209

9 Trials of the New South Alex Lichtenstein 215

C. Vann Woodward, extract from Origins of the New South, 1877-1913 225

Paul Gaston, extract from The New South Creed: A Study in Southern Mythmaking 227

Steven Hahn, extract from The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 233

Jack Temple Kirby, extract from Darkness at the Dawning: Race and Reform in the Progressive South 236

10 Living Jim Crow Stephen Tuck 240

Glenda Gilmore, extract from "The Flight of the Incubus," in David Cecelski and Timothy Tyson, eds., Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy 251

Steven A. Reich, extract from "Soldiers of Democracy: Black Texans and the Fight for Citizenship, 1917-1921," Journal of American History 258

Tera Hunter, extract from To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War 263

11 Worlds of Southern Labor Eric Arnesen 269

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, et al., extract from Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World 280

Peter Gottlieb, extract from Making Their Own Way: Southern Blacks' Migration to Pittsburgh, 1916-30 286

Brian Kelly, extract from Race, Class, and Power in the Alabama Coalfields, 1908-21 291

12 Minds of the South Paul Harvey 298

Grace Hale, extract from Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 306

W. J. Cash, extract from The Mind of the South 309

Daniel Joseph Singal, extract from The War Within: From Victorian to Modernist Thought in the South, 1919-1945 314

13 The New South in Transition: New Deal, World War II, and Cold War Kari Frederickson 320

Bryant Simon, extract from A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910-1948 330

Jennifer E. Brooks, extract from Defining the Peace: World War II Veterans, Race, and the Remaking of Southern Political Tradition 336

Bruce J. Schulman, extract from From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South, 1938-1980 343

14 The Civil Rights Era Adam Fairclough 348

J. Mills Thornton III, extract from Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma 358

Manfred Berg, extract from "The Ticket to Freedom": The NAACP and the Struggle for Black Political Integration 365

Belinda Robnett, extract from How Long? How Long? African-American Women in the Struggle for Civil Rights 372

15 The South Today Clive Webb 377

Joseph Crespino, extract from In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution 385

John Egerton, extract from The Americanization of Dixie: The South emization of America 389

W. Fitzhugh Brundage, extract from The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory 393

Raymond A. Mohl, extract from "Globalization, Latinization, and the Nuevo New South," in Pippa Holloway, ed., Other Souths: Diversity & Difference in the U.S. South, Reconstruction to Present 399

Copyright Acknowledgments 407

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