Southern Cultures: The Fifteenth Anniversary Reader, 1993-2008 / Edition 1

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What does "redneck" mean? What's going to happen to the southern accent? What makes black southerners laugh? What is "real" country music? These are the kinds of questions that pop up in this collection of notable essays from Southern Cultures, the journal of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Intentionally plural, Southern Cultures was founded in 1993 to present all sides of the American South, from sorority sisters to Pocahontas, from kudzu to the blues.

This volume collects 27 essays from the journal's first fifteen years, bringing together some of the most memorable and engaging essays as well as some of those most requested for use in courses. A stellar cast of contributors discusses themes of identity, pride, traditions, changes, conflicts, and stereotypes. Topics range from black migrants in Chicago to Mexican immigrants in North Carolina, from Tennessee wrestlers to Martin Luther King, from the Civil War to contemporary debates about the Confederate flag. Funny and serious, historical and contemporary, the collection offers something new for every South-watcher, with fresh perspectives on enduring debates about the people and cultures of America's most complex region.

Derek H. Alderman, East Carolina University
Donna G'Segner Alderman, Greenville, North Carolina
S. Jonathan Bass, Samford University
Dwight B. Billings, University of Kentucky
Catherine W. Bishir, Preservation North Carolina
Kathleen M. Blee, University of Pittsburgh
Elizabeth Boyd, Vanderbilt University
James C. Cobb, University of Georgia
Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joseph Crespino, Emory University
Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University
franklin forts, University of Georgia
David Goldfield, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Larry J. Griffin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Adam Gussow, University of Mississippi
Trudier Harris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Patrick Huber, University of Missouri-Rolla
Louis M. Kyriakoudes, University of Southern Mississippi
Melton McLaurin, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Michael Montgomery, University of South Carolina
Steve Oney, Los Angeles, California
Theda Perdue, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dan Pierce, University of North Carolina at Asheville
John Shelton Reed, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mart Stewart, Western Washington University
Thomas A. Tweed, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Timothy B. Tyson, Duke University
Anthony Walton, Bowdoin College
Harry L. Watson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi
C. Vann Woodward (1908-1999)

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Each essay, whether written by an established scholar or someone not as well known, is well worth reading and studying. . . . Southern Cultures has been enlivening the study of our region for more than fifteen years now. May it continue to do so for at least fifty more!—The Journal of Southern History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807858806
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry L. Watson is director of the Center for the Study of the American South and professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is cofounder, with John Shelton Reed, of Southern Cultures.

Larry J. Griffin is John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Sociology and professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Watson and Griffin are coeditors of Southern Cultures.

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Table of Contents

Front Porch   Harry L. Watson   Larry J. Griffin     xi
A Moveable Mason-Dixon Line
Southern Distinctiveness, Yet Again, or, Why America Still Needs the South (6:3)   Larry J. Griffin     3
Chicago as the Northernmost County of Mississippi (8:1)   Anthony Walton     22
Teaching Gone with the Wind in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (11:3)   Mart Stewart     32
Haiku (4:4)   C. Vann Woodward     49
Intractable Identity
Landmarks of Power: Building a Southern Past, 1885-1915 (Inaugural Issue)   Catherine W. Bishir     53
The Southern Accent-Alive and Well (Inaugural Issue)   Michael Montgomery     94
The Banner That Won't Stay Furled (8:1)   John Shelton Reed     114
Living with Confederate Symbols (8:1)   Franklin Forts     132
The New Days of Yore
Rednecks, White Socks, and Pina Coladas?: Country Music Ain't What It Used to Be ... And It Really Never Was (5:4)   James C. Cobb     147
"Where Is the Love?": Racial Violence, Racial Healing, and Blues Communities (12:4)   Adam Gussow     155
The Strange Career of Atticus Finch (6:2)   Joseph Crespino     175
Rituals of Initiation and Rebellion: Adolescent Responses to Segregation in Southern Autobiography(3:2)   Melton McLaurin     194
Colliding Cultures
Columbus Meets Pocahontas in the American South (3:1)   Theda Perdue     211
A Sense of Place: Jews, Blacks, and White Gentiles in the American South (3:1)   David Goldfield     225
Martin Luther King and the Southern Dream of Freedom (11:4)   Timothy B. Tyson     244
Our Lady of Guadeloupe Visits the Confederate Memorial (8:2)   Thomas A. Tweed     255
And the Dead Shall Rise: An Overview (11:4)   Steve Oney     272
Regional Stereotypes
Kudzu: A Tale of Two Vines (7:3)   Derek H. Alderman   Donna G'Segner Alderman     287
A Short History of Redneck: The Fashioning of a Southern White Masculine Identity (1:2)   Patrick Huber     303
"Where the Sun Set Crimson and the Moon Rose Red": Writing Appalachia and the Kentucky Mountain Feuds (2:3/4)   Dwight B. Billings   Kathleen M. Blee     328
The "Tennessee Test of Manhood": Professional Wrestling and Southern Cultural Stereotypes (3:3)   Louis M. Kyriakoudes   Peter A. Coclanis     353
"How 'bout a Hand for the Hog": The Enduring Nature of the Swine as a Cultural Symbol in the South (1:3)   S. Jonathan Bass     371
Southern Traditions
Equine Relics of the Civil War (6:1)    Drew Gilpin Faust     391
The Most Southern Sport on Earth: NASCAR and the Unions (7:2)   Dan Pierce     409
African American Humor and the South (1:4)   Trudier Harris     434
Sister Act: Sorority Rush as Feminine Performance (5:3)   Elizabeth Boyd     445
The Death of Southern Heroes: Historic Funerals of the South (1:2)   Charles Reagan Wilson     462
About the Contributors     483
Index     487

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