Dixie: A Personal Odyssey Through Events That Shaped the Modern Southby Curtis Wilkie
Pub. Date: 10/01/2002
In this riveting political and social history of the American South during the second half of the twentieth century, acclaimed journalist Curtis Wilkie tells the story of a region and a man -- himself -- intimately transformed by racial and political upheavals. In 1969, in the wake of the violence surrounding the civil rights movement, Wilkie left the South and vowed never to live there again. But after traveling the world as a reporter, he returned in 1993, drawn by a deep-rooted affinity with the territory of his youth. Here, he endeavors to make sense of the enormous changes that have convulsed the South for more than four decades. Through vivid recollections of landmark events, DiXie becomes both a striking eyewitness account of history and an unconventional tale of redemption full of beauty, humor, and pathos.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
1. "We all knew Beckwiths"
2. Natural Rebels
3. "We are the rednecks!"
4. "This Communist edict"
5. "Forget, Hell!"
7. "You can pronounce hero, can't you?"
8. "A publicity stunt"
9. "We don't have to beg anymore"
10. "Don't laugh folks, Jesus was a poor man"
11. "Free at last!"
13. "I love Mr. Carter as a white man"
14. "From the deserts of the Deep South"
15. "We have wasted too much time"
17. "We'd all love to see you again"
18. "A beautiful, fantastic experience"
19. "Put a Code Four on him"
20. "There was no meanness"
Copyright © 2001 by Curtis Wilkie
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