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“By careful attention to the ceremonial settings and the persistence of the speech-making themes over several generations, the author shows how the status of the orators, the pervasiveness of the rituals, and the repetition of themes for so long created a new white-dominated southern public identity out of the social chaos, uncertainty, and despair at the end of the Civil War in the South.”--Charles Reagan Wilson is the Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Judgment and Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis and Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1868-1920. He is also the editor of numerous books, among them the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.
“No southern historian has ever brought such a wealth of source material to bear on a subject. Primary sources dominate the manuscript, in every chapter. The manuscript has a solid core of rhetorical/artifactual sources that, woven carefully together, never waiver from the centrality of Town’s thesis – Lost Cause rhetoric tells the story of the South. No other region of the country can make such a claim.”--Carl Kell is a professor of Communication at Western Kentucky University and the author of Against the Wind: The Moderate Voice in Baptist Life, coauthor of In the Name of the Father: The Rhetoric of the New Southern Baptist Convention and editor of Exiled: Voices of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy War