Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

It is a pleasure to acknowledge the assistance that I received in writing the dissertation on which this book is based and in revising that dissertation for publication. What follows in these pages is a story of narratives and their consequences. But at the same time...

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xxxii

Southerners have a reputation as storytellers, as a people fond of telling about family, community, and the southern way of life. This is a book about some of those stories and their consequences...

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Chapter 1. The Road to a Closed Society: Mississippi Politics and the Language of White Southern Identity

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pp. 1-40

On the evening of Saturday, September 29, 1962, as the crisis over James Meredith’s admission to the University of Mississippi came to a head, Governor Ross Barnett sat in Jackson, watching the Ole Miss Rebels play the Kentucky Wildcats...

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Chapter 2. Manhood, Family, and White Identity in Thomas Nelson Page’s “Marse Chan” and Thomas W. Dixon’s The Leopard’s Spots

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pp. 41-86

At the turn of the twentieth century, southern writers such as Thomas Dixon and Thomas Nelson Page crafted highly influential representations of the South that helped to establish the broad category of white identity in the post– Civil War South....

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Chapter 3. “The South Is a Single, Homogeneous People”: Canonizing Southern History and Literature

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pp. 87-138

“Much of what Dr. Page has said is correct,” wrote Julian A. C. Chandler in his introduction to the twelve-volume history, The South in the Building of the Nation (1909). “No true history of the South has been written...

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Conclusion: “Mississippi’s Giant House Party”: Whiteness and Community at the Neshoba County Fair

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pp. 139-160

For more than one hundred years, Mississippians have braved their long hot summer to head to the eastern part of the state for the Neshoba County Fair. For one week in late July, thousands of men and women from Philadelphia...

Notes

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pp. 161-198

Bibliography

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pp. 199-220

Index

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pp. 221-231