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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 19: Violence
     

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 19: Violence

by Amy Louise Wood (Editor), Charles Reagan Wilson
 

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Much of the violence that has been associated with the United States has had particular salience for the South, from its high homicide rates, or its bloody history of racial conflict, to southerners' popular attachment to guns and traditional support for capital punishment. With over 95 entries, this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture explores

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Much of the violence that has been associated with the United States has had particular salience for the South, from its high homicide rates, or its bloody history of racial conflict, to southerners' popular attachment to guns and traditional support for capital punishment. With over 95 entries, this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture explores the most significant forms and many of the most harrowing incidences of violence that have plagued southern society over the past 300 years.

Following a detailed overview by editor Amy Wood, the volume explores a wide range of topics, such as violence against and among American Indians, labor violence, arson, violence and memory, suicide, and anti-abortion violence. Taken together, these entries broaden our understanding of what has driven southerners of various classes and various ethnicities to commit acts of violence, while addressing the ways in which southerners have conceptualized that violence, responded to it, or resisted it. This volume enriches our understanding of the culture of violence and its impact on ideas about law and crime, about historical tradition and social change, and about race and gender--not only in the South but in the nation as a whole.

Editorial Reviews

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Perfect for libraries and archives who collect information about the South and would like short succinct information about various topics dealing with violence in the South and its context within all of the United States. It is a great source for Southern pop-culture as well.—Tennessee Libraries

A new take on southern exceptionalism as it relates to violence.—Louisiana History

Library Journal
Like Volume 18, reviewed above, Volume 19 also developed from series editor Charles Reagan Wilson's 1989 four-volume set. Here, Wood (Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890–1940) compiles more than 100 alphabetized entries by as many subject scholars. These explain foregoing examples of, and ideological foundations for, violence, which is identified in the introduction as "a defining feature of the region." Some entries carefully and impartially describe specific cases, such as James Byrd's murder. However, broader themes like "vigilantism" and "honor" often seem redolent with more subjective interpretation than specific, supporting examples. While some entries close with appropriately long bibliographies, others include only two titles, undercutting article content and research guidance.—Savannah Schroll Guz, formerly with Smithsonian Libs., Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807835227
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
12/10/2011
Series:
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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"It is a truism that the American South is a violent region. The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture provides a panoramic view of the myriad forms of violence, from blood sports and murder to church burnings, that have scarred the region. Simultaneously, this volume reveals the patterns in and logic behind the region's bloodletting. The introductory essay alone is revelatory.--W. Fitzhugh Brundage, editor of Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930

A superb encyclopedia, so comprehensive and compelling that it can be read as the definitive study of Southern violence.--Randolph Roth, Ohio State University, author of American Homocide

Editors Amy Louise Wood and Charles Reagan Wilson have chosen the most skillful and knowledgeable experts to cover this fascinating topic about the role violence has played in Southern history and culture. All libraries and all readers interested in Southern traditions will welcome this comprehensive collection of splendid articles." --Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Richard J. Milbauer Professor Emeritus, University of Florida and Visiting Scholar, the Johns Hopkins University, author of Southern Honor, Yankee Saints and Southern Sinners, and The Shaping of Southern Culture

Meet the Author

Amy Louise Wood is associate professor of history at Illinois State University and author of Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940.

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