Myth of Southern Exceptionalism

Myth of Southern Exceptionalism

by Matthew D. Lassiter
     
 

More than one-third of the population of the United States now lives in the South, a region where politics, race relations, and the economy have changed dramatically since World War II. Yet scholars and journalists continue to disagree over whether the modern South is dominating, deviating from, or converging with the rest of the nation. This collection asks how

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More than one-third of the population of the United States now lives in the South, a region where politics, race relations, and the economy have changed dramatically since World War II. Yet scholars and journalists continue to disagree over whether the modern South is dominating, deviating from, or converging with the rest of the nation. This collection asks how the stories of American history change if the South is no longer seen as a region apart-as the conservative exception to a liberal nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195384757
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Edition description:
NE

Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Introduction: The End of Southern History Matthew D. Lassiter Joseph Crespino 3

Part I The Northern Mystique

1 De Jure/De Facto Segregation: The Long Shadow of a National Myth Matthew D. Lassiter 25

2 Hidden in Plain Sight: The Civil Rights Movement outside the South Jeanne Theoharis 49

3 Blinded by a "Barbaric" South: Prison Horrors, Inmate Abuse, and the Ironic History of American Penal Reform Heather Ann Thompson 74

Part II Imagining the South

4 Mississippi as Metaphor: Civil Rights, the South, and the Nation in the Historical Imagination Joseph Crespino 99

5 Black as Folk: The Southern Civil Rights Movement and the Folk Music Revival Grace Elizabeth Hale 121

6 Red Necks, White Sheets, and Blue States: The Persistence of Regionalism in the Politics of Hollywood Allison Graham 143

Part III Border Crossings

7 A Nation in Motion: Norfolk, the Pentagon, and the Nationalization of the Metropolitan South, 1941-1953 James T. Sparrow 167

8 The Cold War at the Grassroots: Militarization and Modernization in South Carolina Kari Frederickson 190

9 African-American Suburbanization and Regionalism in the Modern South Andrew Wiese 210

10 Latin American Immigration and the New Multiethnic South Mary E. Odem 234

Part IV Political Realignment

11 Into the Political Thicket: Reapportionment and the Rise of Suburban Power Douglas Smith 263

12 Beyond the Southern Cross: The National Origins of the Religious Right Kevin M. Kruse 286

13 Neo-Confederacy versus the New Deal: The Regional Utopia of the Modern American Right Nancy MacLean 308

Index 331

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