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Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915 (Hardback)
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Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915 (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 30/04/2014
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In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, the character of the South, and even its persistence as a distinct region, was an open question. During Reconstruction, the North assumed significant power to redefine the South, imagining a region rebuilt and modelled on northern society. The white South actively resisted these efforts, battling the legal strictures of Reconstruction on the ground. Meanwhile, white southern storytellers worked to recast the South's image, romanticising the Lost Cause and heralding the birth of a New South. In Stories of the South, K. Stephen Prince argues that this cultural production was as important as political competition and economic striving in turning the South and the nation away from the egalitarian promises of Reconstruction and toward Jim Crow.

Examining novels, minstrel songs, travel brochures, illustrations, oratory, and other cultural artefacts produced in the half century following the Civil War, Prince demonstrates the centrality of popular culture to the reconstruction of southern identity, shedding new light on the complicity of the North in the retreat from the possibility of racial democracy.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469614182
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
""Stories of the South" is a thoughtful, well-conceived, and valuable contribution to the scholarship on the Reconstruction era. It offers a fresh perspective on topics of long-standing interest while simultaneously directing our attention to new fields of endeavor. It is written in a lively, compelling, and laudably concise style. This book marks the emergence of a significant new voice on the post-Civil War South."--W. Fitzhugh Brundage, author of "Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture"

"Extremely original and important ... a well written book that will be of interest to scholars in U.S. history and to scholars in English and other disciplines interested in what is often called the New Southern Studies."--Grace E. Hale, University of Virginia

"A powerful account of how the battles over regional identities in the postbellum United States were as likely to occur in the playhouse or travel brochure, as they were in the courthouse or senate chambers.--"Journal of American History"

"Stories of the South" is not only an important addition to the historiography of the period but also an impressively researched and engaging book full of well-told stories.--"Virginia Magazine of History and Biography"

"Those southern stories about a region essentially different but fundamentally American, one shorn of overt political separateness but nevertheless carrying great cultural authority on matters of race retain a remarkable persuasive ability, despite several generations of scholarship devoted to undermining them. Prince's excellent book shows why.--"American Historical Review"
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"Very original and innovative...certainly merits reading.--"Register of the Kentucky Historical Society"

Those southern stories about a region essentially different but fundamentally American, one shorn of overt political separateness but nevertheless carrying great cultural authority on matters of race retain a remarkable persuasive ability, despite several generations of scholarship devoted to undermining them. Prince's excellent book shows why.--American Historical Review
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Brings new depth to our understanding of the nation's turn away from the egalitarian possibilities that flickered briefly after slavery's demise. . . . [Makes] impressive use of a diverse array of cultural artifacts.--The Journal of Southern History


Very original and innovative...certainly merits reading.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


An innovative perspective that locates the consumption of stories of the South in the North and indicts northerners as culpable in the retreat from racial democracy . . . . [W]ill appeal to scholars across the humanities.--H-Net


Stories of the South is not only an important addition to the historiography of the period but also an impressively researched and engaging book full of well-told stories.--Virginia Magazine of History and Biography


A powerful account of how the battles over regional identities in the postbellum United States were as likely to occur in the playhouse or travel brochure, as they were in the courthouse or senate chambers.--Journal of American History


Those southern stories--about a region essentially different but fundamentally American, one shorn of overt political separateness but nevertheless carrying great cultural authority on matters of race--retain a remarkable persuasive ability, despite several generations of scholarship devoted to undermining them. Prince's excellent book shows why.--American Historical Review


Prince marshals a vast array of evidence and makes a convincing case for the persuasive power of many of these Southern stories.--Civil War Monitor


Very original and innovative . . . certainly merits reading.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

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