The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism by Matthew D. LassiterThe Myth of Southern Exceptionalism by Matthew D. Lassiter

The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism

EditorMatthew D. Lassiter, Joseph Crespino

Paperback | December 3, 2009

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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 historians and journalists continue to disagree over whether the modern South is dominating, deviatingfrom, or converging with the rest of the nation. Has the time come to declare the end of southern history? And how do the stories of American history change if the South is no longer seen as a region apart - as the conservative counterpoint to a liberal national ideal? The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism challenges the idea of southern distinctiveness in order to offer a new way of thinking about modern American history. For too long, the belief in an exceptional South has encouraged distortions and generalizations about the nation's otherwise liberal traditions,especially by compartmentalizing themes of racism, segregation, and political conservatism in one section of the country. This volume dismantles popular binaries - of de facto versus de jure segregation, red state conservatism versus blue state liberalism, the "South" versus the "North" - to rewritethe history of region and nation alike. Matthew Lassiter and Joseph Crespino present thirteen essays - framed by their provocative introduction - that reinterpret major topics such as the civil rights movement in the South and the North, the relationship between conservative backlash and liberal reform throughout the country, the rise ofthe Religious Right as a national phenomenon, the emergence of the metropolitan Sunbelt, and increasing suburban diversity in a multiracial New South. By writing American history across regional borders, this volume spends as much time outside as inside the traditional boundaries of the South,moving from Mississippi to New York City, from Southern California to South Carolina, from Mexico to Atlanta, from Hollywood to the Newport Folk Festival, and from the Pentagon to the Attica prison rebellion.
Matthew D. Lassiter is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, and author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South (Princeton University Press, 2006). Joseph Crespino is Associate Professor of History at Emory University, and author of Author in Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the ...
Title:The Myth of Southern ExceptionalismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.1 inPublished:December 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Matthew D. Lassiter and Joseph Crespino: Introduction: The End of Southern HistoryPart One: The Northern Mystique1. Matthew D. Lassiter: De Jure/De Facto Segregation: The Long Shadow of a National Myth2. Jeanne Theoharis: Hidden in Plain Sight: The Civil Rights Movement outside the South3. Heather Ann Thompson: Blinded by a "Barbaric" South: Prison Horrors, Inmate Abuse, and the Ironic History of American Penal ReformPart Two: Imagining the South4. Joseph Crespino: Mississippi as Metaphor: Civil Rights, the South, and the Nation in the Historical Imagination5. Grace Elizabeth Hale: Black as Folk: The Southern Civil Rights Movement and the Folk Music Revival6. Allison Graham: Red Necks, White Sheets, and Blue States: The Persistence of Regionalism in the Politics of HollywoodPart Three: Border Crossings7. James T. Sparrow: A Nation in Motion: Norfolk, the Pentagon, and the Nationalization of the Metropolitan South, 1941-19538. Kari Frederickson: The Cold War at the Grassroots: Militarization and Modernization in South Carolina9. Andrew Wiese: African-American Suburbanization and Regionalism in the Modern South10. Mary E. Odem: Latin American Immigration and the New Multiethnic SouthPart Four: Political Realignment11. Douglas Smith: Into the Political Thicket: Reapportionment and the Rise of Suburban Power12. Kevin M. Kruse: Beyond the Southern Cross: The National Origins of the Religious Right13. Nancy MacLean: Neo-Confederacy against the New Deal: The Regional Utopia of the Modern American Right