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Author Reed, John Shelton.

Title Minding the South / John Shelton Reed.

Published Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [2003]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  975.043 REED    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 291 pages ; 23 cm
Contents The three Souths --The journalistic eye -- The mind of the South and Southern distinctiveness -- The times looks at Dixie -- Among the believers the secret history of civil rights -- The smoke never clears -- One tough lady -- A South that never was -- History and historians -- American weed -- Slaves View slavery -- Slipshod totalitarianism Southern intellect -- Southern studies abroad -- Friends and masters -- C. Vann Woodward -- Eugene D. Genovese -- M. E. Bradford -- What they say about Dixie -- Of Collard greens and kings -- Red and yellow, black, and white -- Telling about the South -- The imagined South -- Six Southerners -- Lady propagandist of the Old South -- The man from New Orleans -- The world's best-selling novelist -- Mover and shaker -- Hardy perennial -- The Southern Elvis -- The End of Elvis -- Southern culture, High and low -- Southern laughter -- A cokelorist at work -- The National magazine of the South -- Carolina couch crime -- Southern lit (and one movie) -- Taking a stand -- Portrait of Atlanta -- Nebbish from Mississippi -- Hollywood chain gangs -- Reflections -- The banner that Won't stay furled -- The most Southern state? -- Brits and grits -- Missing -- He's baaack -- If at first you don't secede . . . -- Party down -- Our kind of Yankee -- But let's talk about me -- Mixing in the mountains -- Among the Baptists -- Choosing the South.
Summary For more than thirty years John Shelton Reed has been "minding" the South -- watching over it, providing commentary upon it. He is the author or editor of thirteen books about the South, and despite his disclaimer regarding formal study of Southern history, Reed has read widely and in depth about the South. His primary focus is upon Southerners' present-day culture and consciousness, but he knows that one must approach the South historically in order to understand the place and its people. Why is the South so different from the rest of the country? Rupert Vance, Reed's predecessor in sociology at Chapel Hill, once observed that the very existence of the South is a triumph of history over geography and economics. The South has resisted being assimilated by the larger United States and has kept a personality that is distinctly its own. That is why Reed celebrates the South. His essays cover everything from great thinkers about the South -- Eugene D. Genovese, C. Vann Woodward, M. E. Bradford -- to the uniqueness of a region that was once a hotbed of racism, but has recently attracted hundreds of thousands of blacks transplanted from the North. There are even a few chapters about Southerners who have devoted their talents to different subjects altogether, from politics or soft drinks to rock and roll or the design of silver jewelry. Reed writes with wit and Southern charm, never afraid to speak his mind, even when it comes to taking his beloved South to task. While readers may not share all his opinions, most will agree that John Shelton Reed is one of the best "South watchers" there is.
Subject Southern States -- Civilization -- 20th century.
Southern States -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 0826214908 (alk. paper)