Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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CONTENTS

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p. v

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PREFACE: Why Woodward Still Matters

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pp. vii-xiv

In the half century since the publication of Arkansas native C. Vann Woodward’s landmark collection The Burden of Southern History (1960), academic debates regarding the existence, breadth, and impact of southern distinctiveness have remained constant and vigorous. In that single volume, Woodward...

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. xv-xix

The Ongoing Burden of Southern History: Politics and Identity in the Twenty- First-Century Southis dedicated to the organizations that made its publication possible. Without the support of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas—specifically, Jim Blair—and the...

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1 Therapist of the Public Mind: Woodward and the Most Burdensome Burden

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pp. 1-30

After reading the galleys for The Burden of Southern History in 1960, Henry Nash Smith came away thoroughly convinced that C. Vann Woodward “possesses southern history so completely that in his writing it ceases to be mere learning and becomes the form and content of thought at its most sophisticated level.” This...

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2 Woodward’s Southerner: History, Literature, and the Question of Identity

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pp. 31-61

In Matrch 2010, as the book review and opinion editor for the New York Times was seeking to contextualize debates over the new social studies curriculum in Texas, he was moved to cite the late C. Vann Woodward concerning the relationships among history, politics, and collective identity. The Texas State Board of Education...

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3 A Lighter Burden? Southern Political Identity in the Shrinking South

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pp. 62-79

In The Burden of Southern History, C. Vann Woodward expressed a fundamental contradiction about the politics of the American South that five decades later continues to fascinate scholars and spur mountains of theoretical and empirical analysis: despite the apparent thorough Americanization of the eleven states of the Old...

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4 The History of the Present

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pp. 80-115

In summing up an autobiographical essay in 1986, C. Vann Woodward demonstrated his mastery of rhetorical self-deprecation in a way that helps us understand what kind of scholar he really was. Then in his seventy-eighth year, Woodward feigned embarrassment while acknowledging the truth of charges leveled against him...

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5 Woodward’s Losers: Disappearing Democrats in Southern Political History

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pp. 116-130

Through three editions, C. Vann Woodward’s The Burden of Southern History remained committed to the idea of southern distinctiveness—even as it had to surrender the first edition’s notions of America’s exceptionalism. In identifying constituents of that distinctiveness, Woodward listed “oneparty politics”...

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6 The End of Woodward’s Second Reconstruction? African American Political Participation in the South

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pp. 131-152

In one of the essays in Woodward’s The Burden of Southern History, the noted southern historian rings down the curtain on what he has identified as the Second Reconstruction. As noted in James Cobb’s essay (chapter 1), by the time Woodward added the...

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7 Woodward’s New Intellectual Stream: The Enfranchisement of the Freed Slave Population

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pp. 153-188

C. Vann Woodward’s book The Burden of Southern History is rich with themes and ideas regarding the budding intellectual streams of American democracy and exceptionalism. In epistemology one thinks in terms of a single model, theory, or paradigm; but in analyzing Woodward’s book, what one finds...

CONTRIBUTORS

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pp. 189-194

INDEX

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pp. 195-208