Historic America: The Southby Brooks Robards
The story of America's South, still unfolding, is a fascinating tale that interweaves hope and promise, poverty and plenty, elegance and sophistication, conflict and deep loss -- all set against a landscape of diverse and unparalleled beauty. Today, the South is a world-renowned vacation paradise, with its palm-fringed beaches; lush, exotic plant life; abundant animal life on land and in the waters; and relaxed, hospitable atmosphere. Many visitors are unaware that the region boasts such a rich history -- that Jamestown, Virginia, was America's first European colony; that St. Augustine, Florida, is the nation's oldest city; or that the prehistoric mound-building peoples built structures believed to have been as complex, and larger than, the great pyramids of Egypt, at an even earlier time. Haunted by the echoes of cannon and rifles fired by Americans against their fellow citizens in the "War Between the States," and scarred by the dehumanizing institution of slavery and the continued repression of African-Americans long after that war, the South has witnessed violence, back-breaking labor, and the tears and hardships of those who survived to rebuild upon the ashes of conflict. Yet despite so much adversity, creativity has flourished in this region as in few others.
The kaleidoscope of vibrant local color includes bougainvillea vines spilling over the walls of secluded Florida retreats; Mardi Gras celebrants thronging the streets of New Orleans's French Quarter; the delightful seaport of Charleston, South Carolina; and the still-captivating elegance of Savannah, Georgia. Classical plantation houses overlook rivers from Virginia to Mississippi. The Spanish influence is widely felt in Florida, from St. Augustine to the unspoiled Keys, while streamlined Art Deco hotels dominate the lively resort of Miami Beach. The South also has huge wilderness tracts, including the dreamlike Great Smoky Mountains, the windswept oceanfront of the Outer Banks, and the great "river of grass" called the Everglades. Sultry Louisiana bayou country contrasts with the cool forests and hot springs of Arkansas, and vacationers find congenial attractions all over the region. Southern cuisine is justly famous, from buttermilk biscuits and pecan pie to fried chicken, fresh seafood, and spicy Cajun gumbo. The region also has a brilliant cultural history that includes great literature, art, and the faith-filled gospel music that served as the fountainhead for jazz, country, folk songs, blues, and rock -- all rooted in the abiding spirituality that has pervaded this region for centuries and helped to make its diversity, over time, a source of unity.
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