Reading Southern History: Essays on Interpreters and Interpretations

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Historian Glenn Feldman gathers together a group of essays that examine the efforts of important scholars to discuss and define the South's distinctiveness. The volume includes 18 chapters on such notable historians as John Hope Franklin, Anne Firor Scott, Frank L. Owsley, W. J. Cash, and C. Vann Woodward, written by 19 different researchers, both senior historians and emerging scholars, including Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, John Shelton Reed, Bruce Clayton, and Ted Ownby. The essays examine the major work or works of ...
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Overview

Historian Glenn Feldman gathers together a group of essays that examine the efforts of important scholars to discuss and define the South's distinctiveness. The volume includes 18 chapters on such notable historians as John Hope Franklin, Anne Firor Scott, Frank L. Owsley, W. J. Cash, and C. Vann Woodward, written by 19 different researchers, both senior historians and emerging scholars, including Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, John Shelton Reed, Bruce Clayton, and Ted Ownby. The essays examine the major work or works of each scholar under consideration as well as that scholar's overall contribution to the study of southern history.

Reading Southern History will enlighten readers on the more compelling themes currently and traditionally explored by southern historians. It will appeal greatly to professors and students as a valuable multidisciplinary introduction to the study of southern history, since several of the essays are on scholars who are working outside the discipline of history proper, in the fields of political science, sociology, journalism, and economics. Feldman's collection, therefore, sheds light on a broad spectrum of themes important in southern history, including the plight of poor whites, race, debates over race and class, the "reconstruction syndrome," continuity versus discontinuity in relation to blacks and whites, and regional culture and distinctiveness.

Reading Southern History will be valuable to students and scholars of women's studies, African American history, working-class history, and ethnic studies, as well as traditional southern history. Most important, the publication makes a significant contribution to the development and ongoing study of the historiography of the South.

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"Feldman has... made an important contribution to all of us who write, read, and teach southern history."
—Marjorie Wheeler, University of Southern Mississippi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817311025
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Feldman is Assistant Professor of History at the Center for Labor Education and Research at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the prize-winning author of Politics, Society, and the Klan in Alabama, 1915-1949.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Pursuit of Southern History 1
1 Ulrich Bonnell Phillips and the Beginnings of Southern History 14
2 Broadus Mitchell: Economic Historian of the South 25
3 E. Merton Coulter and the Political Culture of Southern Historiography 32
4 Frank L. Owsley's Plain Folk of the Old South after Fifty Years 49
5 W. E. B. Du Bois: Ambiguous Journey to the Black Working Class 61
6 Rupert B. Vance: A Sociologist's View of the South 76
7 Charles S. Sydnor's Quest for a Suitable Past 88
8 W. J. Cash: A Native Son Confronts the Past 112
9 Defining "The South's Number One Problem": V. O. Key, Jr., and the Study of Twentieth-Century Southern Politics 123
10 C. Vann Woodward, Southern Historian 134
11 John Hope Franklin: Southern History in Black and White 151
12 A. Elizabeth Taylor: Searching for Southern Suffragists 167
13 David M. Potter: Lincoln, Abundance, and Sectional Crisis 177
14 David Herbert Donald: Southerner as Historian of the Nation 191
15 Kenneth Stampp's Peculiar Reputation 202
16 Continuity and Change: George Brown Tindall and the Post-Reconstruction South 212
17 Anne Firor Scott: Writing Women into Southern History 233
18 "Ethos Without Ethic": Samuel S. Hill and Southern Religious History 247
Notes 261
Select Bibliography 311
Contributors 336
Index 341
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