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The Mind of the South Paperback – September 10, 1991
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"No one, among the multitudes who have written about the South, has been more penetrating or more persuasive than Mr. Cash." -- The New York Times
"Wyatt-Brown's introduction is the sanest overview of The Mind of the South I've yet encountered. It points up the specific and real worth of this remarkable book." -- Louis D. Rubin, Jr.
"Sometimes insightful, sometimes infuriating, The Mind of the South is mandatory reading for anyone who would understand the region. Wyatt-Brown's brilliant introduction reveals the relevance of Cash and his book to our own times."
-- Charles Joyner, Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture, University of South Carolina
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Ever since its publication in 1941, The Mind of the South has been recognized as a path-breaking work of scholarship and as a literary achievement of enormous eloquence and insight in its own right. From its investigation of the Southern class system to its pioneering assessments of the region's legacies of racism, religiosity, and romanticism, W. J. Cash's book defined the way in which millions of readers -- on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line -- would see the South for decades to come. This new, fiftieth-anniversary edition of The Mind of the South includes an incisive analysis of Cash himself and of his crucial place in the history of modern Southern letters.
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I ordered it right away and, once delivered, I could not put it down. I love history just a little more than law and this book is the most personal, researched, eloquent and thorough treatment of "Southern Culture" ----- and how early history defined it's future.
I then came across The NEW Mind of the South by Tracy Thompson. It is an exceptionally well written piece that make great connections to Cash's book from the exact opposite point of view IN TIME.
Resistant to change
The list could go an, but it would also grow more contradictory, a predominant trait of the Southern mind.
And in keeping with these traits, Cash's tone tends toward Southern political demagoguery, pulling back just before falling into the abyss of rant. His prose is flowery and a bit overblown, and he repeats himself (all to the reader's advantage) on critical points.
Still, as a Southerner, I find little to fault in this book. It's most prescient in its depictions of how things were in the South prior to WWII and, as above, it will enlighten the reader in understanding this sub-culture of these United States, and in realizing how difficult it is to arrive at a national consensus on anything today.
My rating: 19 of 20 stars
This book does an incredibly good job of explaining the phenomenon.