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“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.
Haven not open the package, but so far, so good. Arrived within the prescribed time.Published 4 months ago by none
Examining mostly the 17th and 18th Century colonial experience, this book uses anecdotal data to romanticize what the author sees as regional, cultural and especially innate... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Herbert L Calhoun
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 9 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 10 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 11 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 22 months ago by Anne Adams