The Burden of Southern History
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
IN A FRIENDSHIP OF MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY, I SAW C. Vann Woodward on countless occasions—almost always at a point . . .
Preface to the Third Edition
THE TWO REVISIONS OF THE ORIGINAL EDITION OF 1960, THE first in 1968 and this, the second, have had much the same purpose: to test . . .
Preface to the First Edition
THE EXAMPLES SET BY OTHERS WHO HAVE ATTEMPTED TO say why the heritage, or the collective character, or the general outlook of . . .
FOR PERMISSION TO REPRINT THE ESSAYS THAT HAVE
already appeared I am grateful to the original publishers:
"The Search for Southern Identity" was . . .
1 The Search for Southern Identity
THE TIME IS COMING, IF INDEED IT HAS NOT ALREADY arrived, when the Southerner will begin to ask himself whether there is really . . .
2 The Historical Dimension
IT WOULD SEEM TO BE HIGH TIME FOR SOME SOUTHERN historian to abandon temporarily the standoffishness of his guild and make his . . .
3 John Brown's Private War
THE FIGURE OF JOHN BROWN is STILL WRAPPED IN OBSCURity and myth. In the fourteen biographies of Brown published since 1859, the . . .
4 Equality: The Deferred Commitment
NOW THAT THE DRIVE IS ON TO GIVE ACCUSTOMED CANT about equality for the Negro some basis in fact and to deliver on promises . . .
5 The Political Legacy of the First Reconstruction
OF ALL THE REVOLUTIONARY PROPOSALS THAT EVENTUALLY received the sanction of law in the upheaval of Reconstruction, the proposal . . .
6 A Southern Critique for the Gilded Age
ONE TRADITIONAL MEANS THE SOUTH EMPLOYED FOR DEfining its identity and keeping the image clear was the running critique of . . .
7 The Populist Heritage and the Intellectual
THIRTY YEARS AFTER SECESSION AND CIVIL WAR, THE South suffered a second alienation from the dominant national spirit. This received . . .
8 What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement
STUDENTS OF NEGRO LIFE IN AMERICA HAVE ENJOYED some rare Opportunities during recent years. As if adopting the techniques of the . . .
9 The Irony of Southern History
IN A TIME WHEN NATIONALISM SWEEPS EVERYTHING ELSE before it, as it does at present, the regional historian is likely to be oppressed . . .
10 A Second Look at the Theme of Irony
THIS IS REALLY AN EXTENDED FOOTNOTE TO THE PRECEDING essay, written to relate its ideas to more recent events. When that essay was . . .
11 Look Away, Look Away
I ONCE QUOTED HENRIK IBSEN AS SAYING THAT THE LIFEspan of what he called a "truth" was at most twenty years and that any truth . . .
12 The Burden for William Faulkner
IF THE COMPARISON IS NOT CARRIED TOO FAR, WlLLIAM Faulkner's relation to the South resembles James Joyce's relation to Ireland. For both . . .
13 The Burden for Robert Penn Warren
NO DEATH IN RECENT YEARS LEFT SO LARGE A PLACE TO BE filled in American literary life as that created by the passing of Robert Penn Warren. Well . . .
Page Count: 336
Publication Year: 2008
OCLC Number: 781615053
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