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The idea of the "South" has its roots in Romanticism and American culture of the nineteenth century. This study by Michael O'Brien analyzes how the idea of a unique Southern consciousness endured into the twentieth century and how it affected the lives of prominent white Southern intellectuals. Individual chapters treat Howard Odum, John Donald Wade, John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Frank Owsley, and Donald Davidson. The chapters trace each man's growing need for the idea of the South—how each defined it and how far each was able to sustain the idea as an element of social analysis. The Idea of the American South moves the debate over Southern identity from speculative essays about the "central theme" of Southern history and, by implication, past the restricted perception that race relations are a sufficient key to understanding the history of Southern identity.

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  1. New Copyright
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  1. Half Title
  2. p. i
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface to the Paperback Edition
  2. pp. ix-xv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xxv
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  1. PART One. The Legacy
  1. One. On the Idea of the South: Origins, Mutation, and Fragmentation
  2. pp. 3-27
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  1. PART Two. The Sociological Vision: Howard Odum
  1. Two. Odum: Sociology in the South
  2. pp. 31-50
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  1. Three. Odum: Southern Sociology
  2. pp. 51-69
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  1. Four: Odum. The Failure of Regionalism
  2. pp. 70-93
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  1. Entr’acte: A Still Point: John Wade
  1. Five. Wade: A Turning Inward
  2. pp. 97-114
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  1. PART Three. The Reaction to Modernism: The Southern Agrarians
  1. Six. John Ransom: The Cycle of Commitment
  2. pp. 117-135
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  1. Seven. Allen Tate: “The Punctilious Abyss”
  2. pp. 136-161
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  1. Eight. Frank Owsley: “The Immoderate Past”
  2. pp. 162-184
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  1. Nine. Donald Davidson: “The Creed of Memory”
  2. pp. 185-210
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  1. PART Four. The Survival of Southern Identity
  1. Ten. The Idea of the South: An Interpretation
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-261
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  1. Bibliographical Note
  2. pp. 263-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-273
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421433646
Related ISBN
9781421433639
MARC Record
OCLC
1122454404
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-07
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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