Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity

Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity

by James C. Cobb
     
 

From the seventeenth-century Cavaliers and Uncle Tom's Cabin to Civil Rights museums and today's conflicts over the Confederate flag, here is a portrait of southern identity, served in an engaging blend of history, literature, and popular culture. In this insightful book, written with dry wit and sharp insight, James C. Cobb explains how the South first came to be… See more details below

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From the seventeenth-century Cavaliers and Uncle Tom's Cabin to Civil Rights museums and today's conflicts over the Confederate flag, here is a portrait of southern identity, served in an engaging blend of history, literature, and popular culture. In this insightful book, written with dry wit and sharp insight, James C. Cobb explains how the South first came to be seen - and then came to see itself - as a region apart from the rest of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195089592
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

1Cavalier and Yankee : the origins of southern "otherness"9
2The South becomes a cause34
3The new South and the old cause67
4The southern renaissance and the revolt against the new South creed99
5Southern writers and "the impossible load of the past"130
6The mind of the South164
7The South of guilt and shame185
8No North, no South? : the crisis of southern white identity212
9"Successful, optimistic, prosperous, and bland" : telling about the no South236
10Blackness and southernness : African Americans look South toward home261
11Divided by a common past : history and identity in the contemporary South288
12The South and the politics of identity318

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