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Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History (Paperback)
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Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 30/01/2014
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Once upon a time, it was impossible to drive through the South without coming across signs to ""See Rock City"" or similar tourist attractions. From battlegrounds to birthplaces, and sites in between, heritage tourism has always been part of how the South attracts visitors and defines itself, yet such sites are often understudied in the scholarly literature.

As the contributors to this volume make clear, the narrative of southern history told at these sites is often complicated by race, influenced by local politics, and shaped by competing memories. Included are essays on the meanings of New Orleans cemeteries; Stone Mountain, Georgia; historic Charleston, South Carolina; Yorktown National Battlefield; Selma, Alabama, as locus of the civil rights movement; and the homes of Mark Twain, Margaret Mitchell, and other notables.

Destination Dixie reveals that heritage tourism in the South is about more than just marketing destinations and filling hotel rooms; it cuts to the heart of how southerners seek to shape their identity and image for a broader touring public now often made up of northerners and southerners alike.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813060262
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An especially compelling and valuable contribution. . . . The wide span of case studies allows an in-depth understanding of the South and highlights an interesting tension between visitor expectations and the actual variety of historical and regional variation."--North Carolina Historical Review
"Fascinating narratives that examine challenging intersections of history, heritage, and memory encountered along the road to historic tourism."--Choice
"Reveals how narratives of history told at heritage tourism sites in the American South have been influenced by race, collective memory, economics, and local politics."--Book News
"A thought-provoking, finely wrought collection. . . . Reveals the complexities of telling and selling of southern history."--European Journal of American Studies "Ably explores the challenges of injecting public history informed by modern scholarship into heritage sites where gatekeepers and visitors do not always embrace it."--Reviews in American History

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