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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 us now lives within the South, a sector the place politics, race kin, and the economic climate have replaced dramatically considering that global conflict II. but historians and newshounds proceed to disagree over no matter if the trendy South is dominating, deviating from, or converging with the remainder of the country. Has the time come to claim the top of southern background? and the way do the tales of yankee heritage switch if the South is not any longer visible as a sector apart--as the conservative counterpoint to a liberal nationwide excellent? The fantasy of Southern Exceptionalism demanding situations the belief of southern uniqueness on the way to supply a brand new mind set approximately sleek American heritage. For too lengthy, the idea in a great South has inspired distortions and generalizations in regards to the nation's another way liberal traditions, specially by way of compartmentalizing topics of racism, segregation, and political conservatism in a single portion of the rustic. This quantity dismantles well known binaries--of de facto as opposed to de jure segregation, purple country conservatism as opposed to blue kingdom liberalism, the ''South'' as opposed to the ''North''--to rewrite the heritage of area and country alike. Matthew Lassiter and Joseph Crespino current 13 essays--framed by way of their provocative introduction--that reinterpret significant subject matters reminiscent of the civil rights stream within the South and the North, the connection among conservative backlash and liberal reform in the course of the nation, the increase of the non secular correct as a countrywide phenomenon, the emergence of the metropolitan Sunbelt, and lengthening suburban variety in a multiracial New South. by way of writing American historical past throughout nearby borders, this quantity spends as a lot time open air as contained in the conventional limitations of the South, relocating from Mississippi to big apple urban, from Southern California to South Carolina, from Mexico to Atlanta, from Hollywood to the Newport folks competition, and from the Pentagon to the Attica felony uprising.

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Potter, “Depletion and Renewal in Southern History,” in Perspectives on the South: Agenda for Research, ed. Edgar T. Thompson (Durham: Duke University Press, 1967), 75–89 (quotation 76). 20. James C. Cobb, “An Epitaph for the North: Reflections on the Politics of Regional and National Identity at the Millennium,” Journal of Southern History (Feb. 2000), 3–24. 21. Larry J. Griffin and Don H. Doyle, “Introduction,” in The South as an American Problem, ed. Griffin and Doyle (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1995), 8–9.

Hirsch, Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940–1960 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983); Thomas J. A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003). 6. Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, 1965 to 1985 (PBS Video, 1990), Episodes 7–14. For the “southernization of America” thesis, see John Egerton, The Americanization of Dixie: The Southernization of America (New York: Harper’s Magazine Press, 1974); Dan T.

16 On September 14, 1964, Mississippi became the last southern state to begin the process of compliance with the Brown decision, when thirtynine black students entered formerly all-white elementary schools in the capital city of Jackson. ” This massive grassroots backlash in New York City came in response to a limited desegregation plan that transferred about 13,000 minority students to identifiably white schools and reassigned about 1,000 white students from Queens and Brooklyn to facilities in adjacent black and Puerto Rican neighborhoods.

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