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By the 1920s, the sectional reconciliation that had seemed achievable after Reconstruction was foundering, and the South was increasingly perceived and portrayed as impoverished, uneducated, and backward. In this interdisciplinary study, Maxwell examines and connects three key twentieth-century moments in which the South was exposed to intense public criticism, identifying in white southerners' responses a pattern of defensiveness that shaped the region's political and cultural conservatism.
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An insightful, well-researched and very readable book, which captures a pivotal era in southern history. It should appeal to readers in historical and literary studies as well as to the general reader interested in the twentieth-century South.Fred Hobson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill