“Assuredly the most controversial book about the South to emerge in years, and the discussion of its argument is certain to be heated and extensive.”
“Cracker Culture will enjoy a permanent place in the literature of its field. . . . Assign [it] and stand back to watch the fur fly.”
—Journal of the Early Republic
“McWhiney defines and explains the ‘cracker’ culture that emanated from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and northern England to become the dominant culture among British settlers in the Old South. Characterized primarily by the values of herdsmen, this white ethnic culture valued leisure for leisure’s sake, emphasized an oral tradition over the written word, and placed stress upon ideas that were antagonistic to the life-style of English-dominated northerners. It was, therefore, only a matter of time and circumstance before the two basic cultural heritages—Celtic and English—would collide in a devastating war.”
Grady McWhiney (1928–2006) was a noted historian of the American South and of the Civil War. He taught at a number of institutions, notably at The University of Alabama and Texas Christian University. Among his many booklength works are Attack and Die: Civil War Tactics and the Southern Heritage and Braxton Bragg and Confederate Defeat (vol. 1), both available from The University of Alabama Press.
I haven't read the whole book, but it's very interesting thus far.
One irony is that the Scots Irish themselves, descendants of Ulster protestants, were not particularly "celtic" at least in any kind of historical sense.
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I found the information here well researched and presented in a way that was easy to understand. I did not like the way the extensive foot notes were situated throughout the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara Pratt
This book is outstanding. McWhiney does a wonderful job of explaining the contours of the tense relationships and culture norms among varies groups of immigrants from Europe. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anthony B. Bradley
I haven't read the whole book, but it's very interesting thus far. The author makes many astute observations and paints a fascinating picture of the parallels between life in the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jamie Carter Bollich
I agree with the author of "Cracker Culture," that Yankees and Crackers have a different culture, but as to why, I would disagree. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anne Adams
I purchased this book with high hopes. For the most part, I can say that it contained some interesting information. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Loren Capsopoulos
This is actually a text book that had me in stitches laughing. The research is fantastic . Cracker in Scottish means constant talker.Want to know the true story . Read this FanniePublished on January 21, 2013 by Frances C. Salerno