By James C. Cobb
As Cobb demonstrates, the legend of the aristocratic Cavalier origins of southern planter society was once nurtured through either northern and southern writers, merely to be challenged through abolitionist critics, black and white. After the Civil battle, defeated and embittered southern whites included the Cavalier fable into the cult of the "Lost Cause," which provided the emotional power for his or her decided campaign to rejoin the Union on their lonesome phrases. After global struggle I, white writers like Ellen Glasgow, William Faulkner and different key figures of "Southern Renaissance" in addition to their African American opposite numbers within the "Harlem Renaissance"--Cobb is the 1st to teach the powerful hyperlinks among the 2 movements--challenged the hot South creed through asking how the grandiose imaginative and prescient of the South's previous can be reconciled with the dismal fact of its current. The Southern self-image underwent one other sea swap within the wake of the Civil Rights flow, while the top of white supremacy shook the previous definition of the "Southern approach of life"--but while, African american citizens started to learn their southern roots extra brazenly and include their local, in addition to racial, id. because the millennium became, the South faced a brand new id problem attributable to worldwide homogenization: if Southern tradition is far and wide, has the recent South develop into the No South?
Here then is an enormous paintings by means of certainly one of America's most interesting Southern historians, a magisterial synthesis that mixes wealthy scholarship with provocative new insights into what the South capacity to southerners and to the US as well.
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