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Southern culture : an introduction / John Beck, Wendy Frandsen, Aaron Randall.

By: Beck, John (John J.).
Contributor(s): Randall, Aaron J | Frandsen, Wendy Jean.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, c2007Description: xxx, 533 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781594601248 (alk. paper); 1594601240 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Southern States -- CivilizationDDC classification: 306.0975
Contents:
The agrarian South -- Social class -- Race -- Family and gender in the South -- Religion -- Politics -- The creative South : what people made with their hands -- The creative South : words, notes, myths, and icons.
Summary: Southern Culture examines the origins and evolution of the region's culture and focuses on six key patterns that have defined it: agrarianism, class relations, race relations, gender and family traditions, evangelical Christianity, and political traditions. Southern Culture also explores the products of the culture with major sections on dialect, painting architecture, pottery, music, literature, and icons and myths. It concludes with essays by each of the authors in which they reflect on where Southern culture is headed.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 483-519) and index.

The agrarian South -- Social class -- Race -- Family and gender in the South -- Religion -- Politics -- The creative South : what people made with their hands -- The creative South : words, notes, myths, and icons.

Southern Culture examines the origins and evolution of the region's culture and focuses on six key patterns that have defined it: agrarianism, class relations, race relations, gender and family traditions, evangelical Christianity, and political traditions. Southern Culture also explores the products of the culture with major sections on dialect, painting architecture, pottery, music, literature, and icons and myths. It concludes with essays by each of the authors in which they reflect on where Southern culture is headed.

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Three community college instructors combine their long experience in teaching English, history, and sociology in North Carolina (Vance-Granville Community College) to provide an interdisciplinary introductory text well worth adoption. Beck, Frandsen, and Randall meet well the challenge of merging humanities and social science approaches to regional studies by examining six focal areas: race, class, politics, family, religion, and agrarianism. The volume's high point is an outstanding essay on southern creativity from kitchens to graveyards. George Whitfield is onstage and so is Elvis; hoppin John shares the dinner table with Kentucky Fried Chicken. The authors understate the role of the Civil Rights Movement in the longer story of African American life, but otherwise do a remarkable job of creating a portrait of black and white coexistence over time. Chapter 5, "Religion," ought to be retitled "Christianity" as the region's wide variety of Christian expressions are competently discussed, but no mention is made of southern Jewish culture or the rising diversity of world religions present in the region. Superbly chosen black-and-white illustrations enhance the narrative. Useful selected bibliography appended. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All undergraduate libraries. E. Thompson University of Maryland University College

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