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"Combining scholarly brilliance with forceful common sense, Degler has produced a knowledgeable, balanced, provocative monograph."--Southern Studies
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Carl N. Degler takes issue with historians C. Vann Woodward, Eugene Genovese, and others who view the Old South as a fading memory overtaken by a bold New South, with the Civil War and its aftermath as the sharp dividing point between the two eras. He also challenges the conventional wisdom that the South is fundamentally different from the rest of the country. Instead, Degler makes an eloquent and thought-provoking argument for a narrowly limited but persistent southern cultural identity that shares common values with the rest of the country while retaining its own distinctiveness and continuity with the past.