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Foreword

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pp. x-xx

IN A FRIENDSHIP OF MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY, I SAW C. Vann Woodward on countless occasions—almost always at a point . . .

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Preface to the Third Edition

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pp. xxi-xxii

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 . . .

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Preface to the First Edition

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pp. xxiii-xxvii

THE EXAMPLES SET BY OTHERS WHO HAVE ATTEMPTED TO say why the heritage, or the collective character, or the general outlook of . . .

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xxix-xxx

FOR PERMISSION TO REPRINT THE ESSAYS THAT HAVE already appeared I am grateful to the original publishers:
"The Search for Southern Identity" was . . .

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1 The Search for Southern Identity

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pp. 3-25

THE TIME IS COMING, IF INDEED IT HAS NOT ALREADY arrived, when the Southerner will begin to ask himself whether there is really . . .

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2 The Historical Dimension

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pp. 27-39

IT WOULD SEEM TO BE HIGH TIME FOR SOME SOUTHERN historian to abandon temporarily the standoffishness of his guild and make his . . .

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3 John Brown's Private War

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pp. 41-68

THE FIGURE OF JOHN BROWN is STILL WRAPPED IN OBSCURity and myth. In the fourteen biographies of Brown published since 1859, the . . .

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4 Equality: The Deferred Commitment

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pp. 69-88

NOW THAT THE DRIVE IS ON TO GIVE ACCUSTOMED CANT about equality for the Negro some basis in fact and to deliver on promises . . .

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5 The Political Legacy of the First Reconstruction

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pp. 89-107

OF ALL THE REVOLUTIONARY PROPOSALS THAT EVENTUALLY received the sanction of law in the upheaval of Reconstruction, the proposal . . .

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6 A Southern Critique for the Gilded Age

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pp. 109-140

ONE TRADITIONAL MEANS THE SOUTH EMPLOYED FOR DEfining its identity and keeping the image clear was the running critique of . . .

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7 The Populist Heritage and the Intellectual

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pp. 141-166

THIRTY YEARS AFTER SECESSION AND CIVIL WAR, THE South suffered a second alienation from the dominant national spirit. This received . . .

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8 What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement

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pp. 167-187

STUDENTS OF NEGRO LIFE IN AMERICA HAVE ENJOYED some rare Opportunities during recent years. As if adopting the techniques of the . . .

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9 The Irony of Southern History

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pp. 187-211

IN A TIME WHEN NATIONALISM SWEEPS EVERYTHING ELSE before it, as it does at present, the regional historian is likely to be oppressed . . .

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10 A Second Look at the Theme of Irony

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pp. 213-233

THIS IS REALLY AN EXTENDED FOOTNOTE TO THE PRECEDING essay, written to relate its ideas to more recent events. When that essay was . . .

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11 Look Away, Look Away

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pp. 235-264

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 . . .

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12 The Burden for William Faulkner

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pp. 265-280

IF THE COMPARISON IS NOT CARRIED TOO FAR, WlLLIAM Faulkner's relation to the South resembles James Joyce's relation to Ireland. For both . . .

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13 The Burden for Robert Penn Warren

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pp. 281-288

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 . . .

Index

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pp. 289-304