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The Americanization of Dixie: the Southernization of America Hardcover – January 1, 1974

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Harper's Magazine Press; 1st edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061224200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061224201
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on May 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a well written and a well-researched book. Its theme resonates with the basic tenor and feel of contemporary American society. The thesis of the book is that the Americanization of Dixie (or the Southernization) of America are bi-directional homogenizing processes that, since the Civil War, have been moving mostly from South to North and are full of contradictions, ambiguities and paradoxes. But taken as a whole, this author seems to think they say more about fear, failure and estrangement in American society than they do about hope and achievement and reconciliation, even as we have just recently elected a mulatto President.

The main theme the author advances -- that has a wealth of documentary support -- is that the South and the North seem intent on imitating the worse in each other: exporting their respective vices without importing their respective virtues; and failing to assure a spiritual, cultural, social or moral balance of payments.

And while it is finally being begrudgingly acknowledged that diversity is America's most valuable possession and national asset; and that equality is its most lofty ideal. Yet, 140 years after the Civil War, the nation is still groping for a society in harmony with the principles on which it was founded. Without attaining equality, America has already begun to destroy its fragile state of diversity. And in the face of neo-racism (what Tim Wise has labeled "Racism 2.0"), Americans continue to perceive diversity and equality as being mutually exclusive. As well, after 200 plus years of "white only Affirmative Action," white Americans, both North and South, are unified against the issue of "Colored Affirmative Action." Giving advantages to colored minorities remains the nation's favorite bugaboo.
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