Roots of a Region: Southern Folk Culture

Roots of a Region: Southern Folk Culture

by John A. Burrison
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1934110213

ISBN-13: 9781934110218

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Roots of a Region reveals the importance of folk traditions in shaping and expressing the American South. This overview covers the entire region and all forms of expression-oral, musical, customary, and material. The author establishes how folklore pervades and reflects the region's economics, history (especially the Civil War), race relations, religion, and politics.

Overview

Roots of a Region reveals the importance of folk traditions in shaping and expressing the American South. This overview covers the entire region and all forms of expression-oral, musical, customary, and material. The author establishes how folklore pervades and reflects the region's economics, history (especially the Civil War), race relations, religion, and politics. He follows with a catalog of those folk-cultural traits-from food and crafts to music and story-that are distinctly southern. The book then explores the Native American and Old World sources of southern folk culture. Two case studies serve as examples to students and as evidence of the author's larger points. The first traces the origins and development of an artifact type, the clay jug; the second examines a place, Georgia, and the relationship of its folklore to the region as a whole. Supporting these explorations are 115 illustrations-sixteen in color-and an extensive bibliography of books on southern folk culture.

About the Author:
John A. Burrison is Regents Professor of English and director of the folklore curriculum at Georgia State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934110218
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
1,014,146
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: A Pennsylvania Yankee in Governor Lester Maddox's Court     3
The Core of the Culture: Folk Traditions and the Big Regional Picture     19
Goobers, Grits, and Greasy Greens: What's Southern about Southern Folk Culture?     41
An Early International Crossroads: The Diverse Roots of Southern Folk Culture     83
Journey of the Jug: An Artifact-Based Case Study     110
Georgia on My Mind: A Place-Based Case Study     134
Branches and New Shoots: Southern Folk Culture Today and Tomorrow     164
Notes     179
Books on Southern Folk Culture     217
Index     227

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