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The Southern Agrarians and the New Deal: Essays after I'll Take My Stand (The Publications of the Southern Texts Society) Hardcover – June 29, 2001

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  • Series: The Publications of the Southern Texts Society
  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press (June 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813919959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813919959
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,512,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily S. Bingham is an independent scholar living in Louisville, Kentucky. Thomas A. Underwood is the coeditor of Blacks at Harvard: A Documentary History of African-American Experience at Harvard and Radcliffe, and the author of Allen Tate: Orphan of the South.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pennsylvania Settler on October 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What is missing from the above "product description" is the fact that the editors of this volume are unsympathetic almost to the point of hostility to the Agrarians' philosophy. The Agrarians just weren't "democratic" enough for them. What prompts this evaluation is the fact that some of the Agrarians held views on race that don't measure up to 21st century standards, and this is seen as tainting their project overall. I find this anachronistic sort of criticism as annoying as hell because of both its hubris and its invalidity, but in this case it is, frankly, ridiculous, since one is able with considerable ease to separate out the wheat of the Agrarians' philosophy from the tares; the "New Agrarians" as well as quite a few traditional conservatives manage to do this without much of a problem. One might just as easily say that if the Agrarians were "tainted by undemocratic social views" (p. 21) the editors of this volume have been tainted by multiculturalism and political correctness.

In any case, what this means for the book itself is that almost the entire critical apparatus attached to the book -- introduction, notes, bibliography -- is largely dismissive and condescending in both its choice of content and its tone. One would think that the editors would be able to find SOMETHING of value in the essays herein, but any approbation is largely limited to a couple paragraphs at close of the introduction wherein they haltingly and almost apologetically admit that the Agrarians may have been onto something when they were critical of "excessive materialism and rampant individualism." Well, duh. It seems unnecessary to note that it is precisely this element of their thought, and not their out-of-date views on race relations, that continues to attract readers today.
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