My Tears Spoiled My Aim / Edition 1

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Overview

With characteristic tongue-in-cheek wit, Reed tackles the questions, Just what is “the South” today? Where is it? Why are Southerners so devoted to it? Instructional maps include “Where Kudzu Grows” and “States Mentioned in Country Music Lyrics.”

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In light of southerners now holding the top two offices in the US government, Reed (sociology, U. of North Carolina) surveys the culture of The South, especially noting the stereotypes that no longer apply. Most of the 11 essays were developed from lectures to undergraduate or popular audiences. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156000062
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Edition description: 1st Harvest edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 883,008
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

John Shelton Reed taught for thirty-one years at the University of North Carolina, where he directed the Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science and helped to found the university's Center for the Study of the American South. A founding coeditor of the quarterly Southern Cultures, he has received many fellowships and prizes and has been president of the Southern Sociological Society and the Southern Association for Public Opinion Research. He was once a judge at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and in 2001 he was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He lives and writes in Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
The South: What Is It? Where Is It? 5
Southerners as an American Ethnic Group 29
The South's Mid-Life Crisis 42
New South or No South?: Southern Culture in 2036 54
Preserving the South's Quality of Life 65
Life and Leisure in the New South 75
My Tears Spoiled My Aim: Violence in Country Music 84
Playboy's Southern Exposure 92
Thoughts on the Southern Diaspora 104
Refugees and Returnees: The Southern In-Gathering 119
In search of the Elusive Southerner 137
Bibliography 143
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