The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism by Matthew D. Lassiter,Joseph Crespino

By Matthew D. Lassiter,Joseph Crespino

greater than one-third of the inhabitants of the U.S. now lives within the South, a zone the place politics, race kin, and the economic system have replaced dramatically in view that international warfare II. but historians and reporters proceed to disagree over even if the fashionable South is dominating, deviating from, or converging with the remainder of the state. Has the time come to claim the top of southern background? and the way do the tales of yankee heritage switch if the South isn't any longer noticeable as a zone apart--as the conservative counterpoint to a liberal nationwide ideal?

The fable of Southern Exceptionalism demanding situations the belief of southern area of expertise as a way to provide a brand new frame of mind approximately sleek American historical past. For too lengthy, the assumption in an excellent South has inspired distortions and generalizations concerning the nation's another way liberal traditions, specifically by way of compartmentalizing subject matters of racism, segregation, and political conservatism in a single element of the rustic. This quantity dismantles renowned binaries--of de facto as opposed to de jure segregation, purple kingdom conservatism as opposed to blue kingdom liberalism, the "South" as opposed to the "North"--to rewrite the heritage of zone and country alike.

Matthew Lassiter and Joseph Crespino current 13 essays--framed by means of their provocative introduction--that reinterpret significant subject matters resembling the civil rights flow within the South and the North, the connection among conservative backlash and liberal reform in the course of the state, the increase of the non secular correct as a countrywide phenomenon, the emergence of the metropolitan Sunbelt, and extending suburban range in a multiracial New South. by way of writing American historical past throughout neighborhood borders, this quantity spends as a lot time outdoors as contained in the conventional obstacles of the South, relocating from Mississippi to manhattan urban, from Southern California to South Carolina, from Mexico to Atlanta, from Hollywood to the Newport people competition, and from the Pentagon to the Attica felony rebellion.

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