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This collection of essays for the serious student of American history and culture derives from a series of seminars conducted by Vanderbilt University faculty. The essayists address in multifarious fashion the single question of whether the South is truly an American "problem," i.e., repeatedly creating negative social and economic situations that the country as a whole has to step in to rectify. They discuss the engendering of the perception of the South as a problem, the validity of the perception, and recent activities that either aggravate or help dissipate the issue. Contributors speak from the point of view of their respective fields of expertise, including history, economics, literature, sociology, law, and even climate. Brad Hooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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<p>Stylish essays . . . Portray and interpret a region that changed more than any other in the postwar years.</p> (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

<p>Scholars have long searched for the central theme of southern history, and this volume is a major contribution to that quest.</p> (Charles Reagan Wilson coeditor of <i>The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture</i>)

<p>Can't we all just get along? If we ever do, will it be because the South has shown America the way? Twelve authors . . . explore that paradoxical possibility in <i>The South As an American Problem</i>.</p> (Nashville Life)

<p>A superb volume that deserves a wide readership.</p> (Southern Cultures)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820317527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820317526
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,825,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don H. Doyle, is McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He grew up near Berkley, California, graduated from the University of California, Davis, and earned his PhD in history at Northwestern University. He was a Fulbright professor in Rome, Genoa, and Rio de Janeiro and taught at Leeds University in England. He lives in Columbia, South Carolina.

"My fascination with the past began one summer in California when my mother brought home a shoebox full of letters from my great-great grandfather, a drummer boy from Vermont who served in the Civil War and wrote home to his parents. Without quite realizing it, I became a historian that summer."

His new book, The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War (Basic, 2015), is a bold new interpretation of what "our Civil War" meant to the wider world.

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A significant contribution to the study of the Southern United States. The selections and analysis therein provides the reader with an opportunity to analyze the most recent and important intellectual assessments of Southern culture, traditions, and influence toward the rest of the nation and Southerners themselves. Although the section dealing with popular culture issues such as NASCAR and pro-wrestling phenomena seems superfluous at times, in a broader perspective, the chapter melds well into the image and understanding of the South as a whole. The book may not be the best choice for the casual reader or those uninterested in American culture or Southern life; however, it provides a necessary tool and important insight into modern America.
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Though I found some of the essays exteremely interesting and helpful in my studies (this was the textbook for a southern music class), other essays were just a waste of my time. The book and class did give me a different perspective of my southern heritiage and helped me understand southern slavery, poverty, and renewal after the civil rights movement.
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