Southern History Across the Color Line 1st Edition

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"Painter's essays are always timely, telling, and provocative.... They chart the intellectual range and growth of one of our leading historians and teachers." - Steven Hahn, Northwestern University

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Demonstrate[s] excellence marked by the transgressive verve of [an] innovative and progressive scholar. . . . An extremely successful attempt to move with intellectual rigor and consistency toward a meaningful interpretation of a world mapped in blood by cruelty and violence.--Southern Literary Journal

|Painter wields both a scalpel and an ax as she dissects multiple generations of southern-focused literature. . . . Compelling. . . . [Southern History Across the Color Line] provides an insightful exploration into the historical factors that have led to an incomplete literature on the mutual impact of the color line in the American South. It deserves careful study by a wide-range of scholars and students of southern history and race relations.--Gulf South Historical Review

|Bold and innovative.--Canadian Journal of History

|Nell Irvin Painter is one of the major historians of our time. This invaluable collection brings together work that has influenced a generation of scholars and will continue to shape scholarship for the foreseeable future. Painter's powerful and transgressive questioning of the tenets of southern history and southern historiography has opened up new ways of understanding both the centrality of race and the necessity of moving beyond it. This is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the American condition.--Hazel V. Carby, Yale University

|The theories, ideas, and analysis investigated in this text advance our understanding of nineteenth- and twentieth-century southern culture--both black and white--in unexpected, provocative, and compelling ways. . . . A highly original and radically ambitious book. This immensely important and insightful study underscores the need for new thinking about the scholarship of southern historiography that reaches beyond race. . . . A groundbreaking contribution and a rewarding addition to the field of American history, particularly southern historiography.--North Carolina Historical Review

|Painter's thoughtful collection is the result of a career spent in close examination of Southern history. She demonstrates how that text can still reveal much but only if we sharpen and enlarge our intellectual armamentarium.--Florida Historical Quarterly

|One cannot help but applaud the appearance of this collection, which provides a fine introduction to the ideas of an important scholar.--Journal of Southern History

|Nell Painter's Southern History across the Color Line is an important and welcome collection. Her essays are always timely, telling, and provocative. They take risks and often seek to confound categories, topically and conceptually. And they chart the intellectual range and growth of one of our leading historians and teachers.--Steven Hahn, Northwestern University

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Product Details

  • Series: Gender and American Culture
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1st edition (April 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807826928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807826928
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 14.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,236,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nell Irvin Painter is the award-winning author of many books, including Sojourner Truth, Southern History Across the Color Line, Creating Black Americans, The History of White People, and Standing at Armageddon. She is currently the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and lives in Newark, New Jersey.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samuel D. Fink on February 15, 2008
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Dr. Painter is a painstaking historian with excellent depth of references provided. The subject matter is fascinating and the various essays provide interesting perspectives. However, some of the essays stop short of my expectations having listened to her on BookTV extended interview. After a while, I got the feeling of redundancy and deeper thoughts not developed or explained.

Nevertheless, I recommend the book and look forward to reading her next history of the three ages of white history in this nation.
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By phantommaster on October 25, 2014
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Came in good condition. Thank you
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By Timothy S. Doering on March 3, 2015
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Good Book, Good service
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By Suzanne S. on April 22, 2015
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