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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 3: History

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 3: History

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Providing a chronological and interpretive spine to the twenty-four volumes of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, this volume broadly surveys history in the American South from the Paleoindian period (approximately 8000 B.C.E.) to the present. In 118 essays, contributors cover the turbulent past of the region that has witnessed frequent racial conflict, a bloody Civil War fought and lost on its soil, massive in- and out-migration, major economic transformations, and a civil rights movement that brought fundamental change to the social order.

Charles Reagan Wilson's overview essay examines the evolution of southern history and the way our understanding of southern culture has unfolded over time and in response to a variety of events and social forces--not just as the opposite of the North but also in the larger context of the Atlantic World. Longer thematic essays cover major eras and events, such as early settlement, slave culture, Reconstruction, the New Deal, and the rise of the New South. Brief topical entries cover individuals--including figures from the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and twentieth-century politics--and organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Daughters of the Confederacy, and Citizens' Councils, among others. Together, these essays offer a sweeping reference to the rich history of the region.

Author: Charles Reagan Wilson
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Published: 09/01/2006
Pages: 408
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.32lbs
Size: 9.28h x 6.28w x 0.98d
ISBN: 9780807856918

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 12/01/2006 pg. 170
Rec Ref Bks for Small/Med Libr 01/01/2007 pg. 22
American Reference Bks Annual 01/01/2007 pg. 32

About the Author
Wilson, Charles Reagan: - Charles Reagan Wilson is director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi and coeditor, with William Ferris, of the original Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

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