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The South as an American Problem

In this volume, twelve authors take a challenging new look at the South.

Author : Larry J. Griffin

Release : 1995

Publisher : University of Georgia Press

ISBN : 9780820317526

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In this volume, twelve authors take a challenging new look at the South. Departing from the issue that has lately preoccupied observers of the South - the region's waning cultural distinctiveness - the contributors instead look at the dynamics of the region's long-troubled relationship with the rest of the nation. What they discover allows us all to view the current state and future course of the South, as well as its link to the broader culture and polity, in a new light. To envision the concept of the "Problem South," and what it means to those within and without the region, six historians have joined together with a sociologist, an economist, two literary scholars, a legal scholar, and a journalist. Their essays, which range in subject from the South's climate to its religious fundamentalism to its great outpouring of fiction and autobiography, are the products of strong and independent minds that cut across disciplines, disagree among themselves, blend contemporary and historical insights, and confront conventional wisdom and expedient generalities. Although consensus among the contributors was never the goal of this collection, some common themes do suggest themselves. Above all, there is not only a South defined by its geography, history, and society, but also a mythic and metaphoric South - one continually refashioned by national/regional discourse, trends and events. In addition, the South has long been a mirror in which America has viewed itself. The nation has sought, time and again, to change the region, but it has also used the South to expose and modify darker impulses of American culture.

Major Problems in the History of the American South: The old South

The fascinating collection of essays and documents in these volumes provides a comprehensive view of the culture of the American South as well as its political, social, and economic history.

Author : Sally G. McMillen

Release : 1999

Publisher : Houghton Mifflin College Division


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The fascinating collection of essays and documents in these volumes provides a comprehensive view of the culture of the American South as well as its political, social, and economic history. The compelling documents are grouped with important secondary sources, accompanied by chapter introductions, selection headnotes, and suggested readings.

Major Problems in American History

This collection serves as the primary anthology for the introductory survey course, covering the subject's entire chronological span. Comprehensive topical coverage includes politics, economics, labor, gender, culture, and social trends.

Author : Elizabeth Cobbs

Release : 2011-01-01

Publisher : Cengage Learning

ISBN : 0495915130

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Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN HISTORY series introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays on important topics in U.S. history. This collection serves as the primary anthology for the introductory survey course, covering the subject's entire chronological span. Comprehensive topical coverage includes politics, economics, labor, gender, culture, and social trends. The Third Edition features greater focus on visual and cultural sources throughout. Several chapters now include images, songs and poems to give students a better feel for the time period and events under discussion. Key pedagogical elements of the Major Problems format have been retained: 15 to 16 chapters per volume, chapter introductions, headnotes, and suggested readings. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Problem South

Holland Thompson's identification of incongruities in the South in 1914 spoke to
the long-standing American nationalist project to resolve the central paradox of
the New South: the fact that persistent poverty and cultural backwardness went ...

Author : Natalie J. Ring

Release : 2012

Publisher : University of Georgia Press

ISBN : 0820329037

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For most historians, the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the hostilities of the Civil War and the dashed hopes of Reconstruction give way to the nationalizing forces of cultural reunion, a process that is said to have downplayed sectional grievances and celebrated racial and industrial harmony. In truth, says Natalie J. Ring, this buoyant mythology competed with an equally powerful and far-reaching set of representations of the backward Problem South—one that shaped and reflected attempts by northern philanthropists, southern liberals, and federal experts to rehabilitate and reform the country's benighted region. Ring rewrites the history of sectional reconciliation and demonstrates how this group used the persuasive language of social science and regionalism to reconcile the paradox of poverty and progress by suggesting that the region was moving through an evolutionary period of “readjustment” toward a more perfect state of civilization. In addition, The Problem South contends that the transformation of the region into a mission field and laboratory for social change took place in a transnational moment of reform. Ambitious efforts to improve the economic welfare of the southern farmer, eradicate such diseases as malaria and hookworm, educate the southern populace, “uplift” poor whites, and solve the brewing “race problem” mirrored the colonial problems vexing the architects of empire around the globe. It was no coincidence, Ring argues, that the regulatory state's efforts to solve the “southern problem” and reformers' increasing reliance on social scientific methodology occurred during the height of U.S. imperial expansion.

The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism

Larry J. Griffin, “Why Was the South a Problem to America?” in South as an
American Problem, 10–32; Griffin, “Southern Distinctiveness.” 27. Charles M.
Lamb, Housing Segregation in Suburban America since 1960: Presidential and
Judicial ...

Author : Matthew D. Lassiter

Release : 2010

Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN : 0195384741

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"More than one-third of the population of the United States now lives in the South, a region where politics, race relations, and the economy have changed dramatically since World War II. Yet scholars and journalists continue to disagree over whether the modern South is dominating, deviating from, or converging with the rest of the nation. This collection asks how the stories of American history chance if the South is no longer seen as a region apart--as the conservative exception to a liberal nation."--Back cover.

African Americans in the South

While tremendous gains have been made by African Americans in the attainment
of equality of opportunity in the American South, serious problems persist. These
impact all generations of African American females, including teens; hence, the ...

Author : Hans A. Baer

Release : 1992

Publisher : University of Georgia Press

ISBN : 9780820313771

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This volume reflects a new commitment by American anthropologists to engage in what has been called the anthropology of racism: the analysis of systems of inequality based on biological differences. Comprising nine papers and related commentary, African Americans in the South examines racism, class stratification, and sexism as they bear on the African American struggle for social justice, equality, and cultural identity in the South. The essays fall into three broad categories: economic survival strategies, health and reproductive problems, and religious responses to the larger society. Essays in the first category discuss African-American teen pregnancy and mutual aid societies. The second group focuses on health practices and knowledge among blacks in a Georgia town, African-American midwifery in North Carolina, an AIDS education program in a Tennessee city, and eating habits in rural North Carolina. The essays in the last category emphasize the diversity of the African-American religious experience by focusing on black Pentecostals, Jews, and Mormons in the South. Together these writings constitute an important, concerted first engagement of issues crucial to an understanding of the history and social life of the South.

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

of the South as an American problem have long been shaped by literary
representations of the region created by authors on both sides of the Mason-
Dixon line. In many of the most influential works, race and racial conflict have
been at the ...

Author : Harold Bloom

Release : 2009-01-01

Publisher : Infobase Publishing

ISBN : 143811429X

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A critical overview of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel features the writings of Fred Erisman, William T. Going, Claudia Durst Johnson, and other scholars.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Finally, the South leads the nation in capital punishment executions and is part of
a national pattern of what has been ... The South as an American Problem (1995
); Ariela J. Gross, Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum ...

Author : James W. Ely Jr.

Release : 2014-02-01

Publisher : UNC Press Books

ISBN : 1469616742

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Volume 10 of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture combines two of the sections from the original edition, adding extensive updates and 53 entirely new articles. In the law section of this volume, 16 longer essays address broad concepts ranging from law schools to family law, from labor relations to school prayer. The 43 topical entries focus on specific legal cases and individuals, including historical legal professionals, parties from landmark cases, and even the fictional character Atticus Finch, highlighting the roles these individuals have played in shaping the identity of the region. The politics section includes 34 essays on matters such as Reconstruction, social class and politics, and immigration policy. New essays reflect the changing nature of southern politics, away from the one-party system long known as the "solid South" to the lively two-party politics now in play in the region. Seventy shorter topical entries cover individual politicians, political thinkers, and activists who have made significant contributions to the shaping of southern politics.

Southern Cultures: The Help Special Issue

Volume 20: Number 1 – Spring 2014 Issue Harry L. Watson, Jocelyn Neal.
readers ... accessed March 28, 2012; Eric Sundquist, “Blues for Atticus Finch:
Scottsboro, Brown, and Harper Lee,” in The South as an American Problem, ed.
Larry J.

Author : Harry L. Watson

Release : 2014-02-14

Publisher : UNC Press Books

ISBN : 1469615932

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Southern Cultures: The Help Special Issue Volume 20: Number 1 – Spring 2014 Table of Contents Front Porch, by Harry L. Watson "Lauded for her endless gifts and selfless generosity, Mammy is summoned from the kitchen to refute the critics of southern race relations; cruelly circumscribed and taken for granted, she silently confirms them all." The Divided Reception of The Help by Suzanne W. Jones The more one examines the reception of The Help, the less one is able to categorize the reception as divided between blacks and whites or academics and general readers or those who have worked as domestics and those who haven't. Black Women's Memories and The Help by Valerie Smith "Cultural products—literary texts, television series, films, music, theatre, etc.—that look back on the Movement tell us at least as much about how contemporary culture views its own racial politics as they do about the past they purport to represent, often conveying the fantasy that the United States has triumphed over and transcended its racial past." "A Stake in the Story": Kathryn Stockett's The Help, Ellen Douglas's Can't Quit You, Baby, and the Politics of Southern Storytelling by Susan V. Donaldson "Like The Help, Can't Quit You, Baby focuses on the layers of habit, antipathy, resentment, suspicion, attachment, and silence linking white employer and black employee, but in ways that are far more unsettling." "We Ain't Doin' Civil Rights": The Life and Times of a Genre, as Told in The Help by Allison Graham "Perhaps because the modern Civil Rights Movement and television news came of age together, the younger medium was destined to become an iconographic feature of the civil rights genre." Every Child Left Behind: Minny's Many Invisible Children in The Help by Kimberly Wallace-Sanders "The question arises: wouldn't the mammy characters be rendered more believable in their altruism if it extended beyond white children to all children?" Kathryn Stockett's Postmodern First Novel by Pearl McHaney "Pleasure and anger are dependent on one another for heightened authenticity. Discussing The Help with delight and outrage seems just the right action." Not Forgotten: Twenty-Five Years Out from Telling Memories Conversations Between Mary Yelling and Susan Tucker compiled and introduced by Susan Tucker "I am glad she used what the women told us and made something different from it. She made people listen. I know it is fiction, and I know not everyone liked it, but she made people not forget. What more can you want?" Mason-Dixon Lines Prayer for My Children poetry by Kate Daniels About the Contributors Southern Cultures is published quarterly (spring, summer, fall, winter) by the University of North Carolina Press. The journal is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for the Study of the American South.

Exploring the New South American Regionalism (NSAR)

Integration, interstate synergies, and the strength and independence of the South
American bloc in international ... This is a new South American problem that
creates a situation in which criminal markets in the current context, beyond
growing ...

Author : Ernesto Vivares

Release : 2016-04-15

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 1317137140

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The events and processes that have taken place in the last decade in South America have given way to one of the most interesting regional phenomena under a global crisis and within a changing world order. From the traditional status of Washington ́s backyard and reign of economic and political stability, South America has increasingly turned into a region marked by a heterodox development in the light of other dominant regional tendencies of development-the European Union, NAFTA and the Asia Pacific. The political economic nature of the new South American regionalism (NSAR) is far from echoing the dominant interpretations about it, which reflects the major regional projects today. Given the reach and scope of the existing literature on the topic of the NSAR, there is an important gap concerning its academic exploration in relation to its nature of development, political economic complexity, challenges and orientations. In this sense, this book explores, from a wider and pluralist political economic perspective, the developmental dimensions of the NSAR within a changing hemispheric and world order in transformation. It analyses a set of specific debates: regionalism in the Americas then and now; social and economic development and regional integration; and organized crime, intelligence and defence. An in depth and critical reflection on the complex and heterogeneous path of regionalization taking place in South America from different perspectives and in key issues of regional development.

Black and African-American Studies

American Dilemma, the Negro Problem and Modern Democracy Gunnar Myrdal.
or outward. The South is poorer on the average: it is true both that there are more
poor people in the South and that they are poorer than in the North.8 Farm ...

Author : Gunnar Myrdal

Release : 1995

Publisher : Transaction Publishers

ISBN : 9781412815109

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Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation

Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe Juan J. Linz,
Professor Juan J Linz, Alfred Stepan, Alfred ... While we try to call attention in the
book to “possibilist” strategies, we will also call attention to problems and to how.

Author : Juan J. Linz

Release : 1996-08-16

Publisher : JHU Press

ISBN : 9780801851582

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Soil and Water Conservation in Semi-arid Areas

also report rainfall erosion · problems in North America , the USA and Mexico ; in
South America , the north - east corner of Brazil , and much of the south - east ...

Author : Norman Hudson

Release : 1987

Publisher : Food & Agriculture Org.

ISBN : 9789251026069

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The problems of agriculture in the semi-arid regions; Assessing the possibilities for improving agriculture; Soil conservation; Water conservation; Water harvesting and use; Applications of water conservation.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

The history of emancipation tends to be written either as an African American
freedom struggle (the study of ... of the Plantation Household (2008); Larry J.
Griffin and Don H. Doyle, eds., The South as an American Problem (1995); Ariela
Julie ...

Author : Thomas C. Holt

Release : 2013-06-03

Publisher : UNC Press Books

ISBN : 1469607247

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There is no denying that race is a critical issue in understanding the South. However, this concluding volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture challenges previous understandings, revealing the region's rich, ever-expanding diversity and providing new explorations of race relations. In 36 thematic and 29 topical essays, contributors examine such subjects as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Japanese American incarceration in the South, relations between African Americans and Native Americans, Chinese men adopting Mexican identities, Latino religious practices, and Vietnamese life in the region. Together the essays paint a nuanced portrait of how concepts of race in the South have influenced its history, art, politics, and culture beyond the familiar binary of black and white.

Problems in Modern Latin American History

This is a completely revised and updated edition of SR Books' classic text, Problems in Modern Latin American History.

Author : John Charles Chasteen

Release : 2004

Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN : 9780842050616

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This is a completely revised and updated edition of SR Books' classic text, Problems in Modern Latin American History. This book has been brought up to date by Professors John Charles Chasteen and James A. Wood to reflect current scholarship and to maximize the book's utility as a teaching tool. The book is divided into 13 chapters, with each chapter dedicated to addressing a particular _problem_ in modern Latin America-issues that complement most survey texts. Each chapter includes an interpretive essay that frames a clear central issue for students to tackle, along with excerpts from historical writing that advance alternative-or even conflicting-interpretations. In addition, each chapter contains primary documents for students to analyze in relation to the interpretive issues. This primary material includes passages of Latin American fiction in translation, biographical sketches, and images. Designed as a supplemental text for survey courses on Latin American history, this book's provocative _problems_ approach will engage students, evoke lively classroom discussion, and promote critical thinking.

Problems in Modern Latin American History

... the neighboring republics to the south. The MexicanAmerican War (1846–1848
) and the Spanish-American War (1898) are two classic examples of this violent
early history. As we saw in chapter 6's exploration of the problem of nationalism,

Author : James A. Wood

Release : 2013-11-07

Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN : 1442218614

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Now in its fourth edition, this leading reader has been updated to tighten the focus of each chapter on a major interpretive problem. This edition includes an entirely new chapter, “Historical Memory,” which allows readers to revisit the era of the Cold War from a contemporary perspective, and the chapters on nationalism and globalization have been thoroughly revised. The book continues to offer a rich variety of materials that can be tailored to the needs of individual instructors. By focusing each chapter on a single interpretive problem, the book painlessly engages students in document analysis and introduces them to historiography. With its innovative combination of primary and secondary sources and editorial analysis, this text is designed specifically to stimulate critical thinking in a wide range of courses on Latin American history since independence.

Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic Insects: Odonata - Zygoptera

Generally, more problems are encountered in identifying zygopteran specimens
than in identifying anisopterans, mainly because of a few problematic groups.
One troublesome aspect of working with the literature on the South American ...

Author : Charles W. Heckman

Release : 2008-05-01

Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN : 9781402081767

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This beautiful volume, with hundreds of fascinating hand-drawn illustrations, completes the two-volume work on the order Odonata in the Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic Insects. The Zygoptera volume encompasses the small dragonflies often called damselflies. The sections on the morphology of the adults and larvae are followed by discussions of factors influencing their distribution and instructions on the methods used to observe, collect, preserve, and examine specimens.

Slavery in the Development of the Americas

II The North - South Wage Gap before and after the Civil War Robert A. Margo I In
the several decades preceding the Civil ... American Problem ( Athens , GA ,
1995 ) . of wages in the South relative to the North , 324 11: The North-South
Wage ...

Author : David Eltis

Release : 2004-03-29

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 9781139452090

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Slavery in the Development of the Americas brings together work from leading historians and economic historians of slavery. The essays cover various aspects of slavery and the role of slavery in the development of the southern United States, Brazil, Cuba, the French and Dutch Caribbean, and elsewhere in the Americas. Some essays explore the emergence of the slave system, and others provide important insights about the operation of specific slave economics. There are reviews of slave markets and prices, and discussions of the efficiency and distributional aspects of slavery. Perspectives are brought on the transition from slavery and subsequent adjustments, and the volume contains the work of prominent scholars, many of whom have been pioneers in the study of slavery in the Americas.

Biogeography and Ecology in South-America

LAND-CONNECTIONS r The old problem of land-connections is quite relevant to
the present chapter on Neotropical fresh-water fishes. For obvious reasons ...

Author : E.J. Fittkau

Release : 1969-06-30

Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN : 9789061930716

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With 'Biogeography and Ecology in South America' as the general theme, a total of twenty-nine contributions by thirty authors is offered here in two volumes, being volumes 18 and 19 of the Monographiae Biologicae. Most of these discussions deal with decidedly specialist themes and the editors have been particularly concerned to ensure that the authors enjoyed the greatest possible freedom in the preparation of their work in order that different points of view and interpretations, together with some questions of controversy, may be clarified. This also applies, of course, to the several chapters in which general themes (geographical substance, climate, geology, vegetation, amongst others) are discussed. Since the amount of material available is too great to enable one to aspire to a presentation of the complete biogeographical and ecological picture, this procedure seems expedient. However, these two volumes could well be regarded as being a preparatory work for just such a complete description. Each of the separate technical contributions refers to the continent as a whole, in order to characterise it as such from the viewpoint of the specialist. For this reason it was necessary to forgo special discussions of particular regions or types of landscape, although South America of all places is remarkably rich in unique regional phenom- ena, the altiplano of Peru and Bolivia, the relict forests of Fray Jorge, the shrub formations of Tierra del Fuego, the lakes of the High Andes, for example.