Southern History and Culture

50 Best Small Southern Towns, 2nd Ed by Gerald Sweitzer50 Best Small Southern Towns, 2nd Ed
Sweitzer, Gerald
2007
A NEW TREND EMERGED in the 1990s: a shift of city dwellers from metropolitan areas to small towns and cities. This trend is particularly evident in the South as this region attracts more growth and more second homes and experiences increases in income and education levels. Frustrated with city traffic, air pollution, crowded suburbs, and declining quality of life, city dwellers are seeking desirable, small Southern towns. Finding the best town, however, can be a challenge. This helpful guide is just the place to start your search. Sweitzer and Fields researched and visited over 150 sites to give you this comprehensive guidebook with information on the fifty best small towns in nine southeastern states. To be featured in the book, each town had to meet stringent qualifications: population under 25,000, positive population growth, readily available cultural and recreational attractions, adult education opportunities, healthcare options, and internet access. Each town's detailed description includes information on: Recreational highlights Cultural scene Natural environment Economic and education profiles Healthcare Vital statistics (population, cost of living, median incomes, etc.) Directions. The appendix offers quick reference charts showing the carious facts and features for each town.
1001 Things Everyone Should Know/South by John Reed1001 Things Everyone Should Know/South
Reed, John
1996
An irreverent, idiosyncratic, and information-filled catalog of all things Southern--the people, places, history, traditions, foods, and foibles that fascinate Americans both north and south of the Mason-Dixon line. The Confederate States. The Cotton Kingdom. The Sahara of the Bozart. The bible Belt. However it is defined, the South is the most intriguing--and misunderstood--region of the country. It's not surprising: Where else can such diverse cultural icons as Robert E. Lee, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Moon Pie be found in one place? In 1001 short, eminently readable essays, authors John and Dale Reed illuminate every nook and cranny of this fertile land and culture, clarifying with an authoritative but humorous touch what everyone should know about. Interspersed with their incisive entries on history, politics, life, and literature, is a whole mess of fun facts such as what state has the best barbecue, where kudzu originally came from, why chivalry is so important to Southern males, and the origins of bluegrass music. So if you want to know the difference between a bubba, a good ol' boy, a redneck, a whelp (Tennesseean), and a sandlapper (South Carolinian), you're sure to find it in 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About The South. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Yellow Dogs, Hushpuppies, and Bluetick Hounds: The Official Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Quiz Book by Lisa HoworthYellow Dogs, Hushpuppies, and Bluetick Hounds: The Official Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Quiz Book
Howorth, Lisa
1996
Entertaining and educational, this quiz book covers every aspect of southern culture, from alligators to melungeons to zydeco. More than 800 nifty questions and answers test your knowledge of literature, music, history, politics, sports and recreation, science, industry, and religion. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
A South Divided: Portraits of Dissent in the Confederacy by David DowningA South Divided: Portraits of Dissent in the Confederacy
Downing, David
2007
Almost 150 years after the Civil War, historians are still assessing why the North won and why the South lost. Many point to the battlefields and exclaim that the war was won and lost there. But how many battles might have gone differently had the South been able to draw more on its human and material resources? (Or if the North had not begun drawing more and more heavily on Southern resources?) What if Lee's outnumbered armies at Second Bull Run and Chancellorsville had not just been able to drive the Federal armies back but able to annihilate them? What if western commanders had one or two extra corps available at the battles of Shiloh or Stones River, battles in which Southern armies were strong enough to drive their enemies to the edge of destruction, but not strong enough to force them over that edge? Could Grant have sustained the staggering losses of his eleven-month overland campaign without the constant influx of replacement soldiers, more than one hundred thousand of them black Southerners? Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975 by Jason SokolThere Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975
Sokol, Jason
2006
"There Goes My Everything traces the origins of the civil rights struggle from World War II, when some black and white American soldiers lived and fought side by side overseas (leading them to question Jim Crow at home), to the beginnings of change in the 1950s and the flared tensions of the 1960s, into the 1970s, when strongholds of white rule suddenly found themselves overtaken by rising black political power. Through it all, Jason Sokol resists the easy categorization of whites caught in the torrent of change; rather, he gives us nuanced portraits of people resisting, embracing, and questioning the social revolution taking place around them. Drawing on recorded interviews, magazine bureau dispatches, and newspaper editorials, Sokol weaves together historical analysis with firsthand accounts. Here are the stories of white southerners in their own words, presented without condescension or moral judgment."--BOOK JACKET. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
An Antebellum Plantation Household: Including the South Carolina Low Country Receipts and Remedies of Emily Wharton Sinkler with Eighty-Two Newly Discovered Receipts by Anne LeClercqAn Antebellum Plantation Household: Including the South Carolina Low Country Receipts and Remedies of Emily Wharton Sinkler with Eighty-Two Newly Discovered Receipts
LeClercq, Anne
2006
"At the age of nineteen Emily Wharton married Charles Sinkler and moved eight hundred miles from her Philadelphia home to a cotton plantation in an isolated area in the South Carolina Low Country. In monthly letters to her northern family she recorded keen observations about her adopted home, and in a receipt book she assembled a trusted collection of culinary and medicinal recipes reflecting her ties to both North and South. Together with an extensive biographical and historical introduction by Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, these documents provide a flavorful record of plantation cooking, folk medicine, travel, and social life in the antebellum South."--BOOK JACKET. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History by Edward AyersWhat Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History
Ayers, Edward
2005
In nine essays, Ayers (history, U. of Virginia) considers the complexity of the South, the blending of old and new, and new ways of thinking about the South. Essays ruminate on his Southern experiences, his Valley of the Shadow Project, interpretations of the war, what caused it, and the failure of the Reconstruction, concluding with an essay in memory of C. Vann Woodward. Some of the essays were published previously, given as papers, or new to the volume. Annotation #169;2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
The South by Rebecca MarkThe South
Mark, Rebecca
2004
Donna Knott (Library Media Connection, October 2005)- This set is an exhaustive resource concerning an under-represented area of study. There are many books on the market about the individual states but few that present the cultural specifics of our nation's unique regions. The eight volumes present many important cultural aspects such as architecture, fashion, folklore, and so on. Each topic is treated in a single chapter, which includes a resource guide listing print, online, and other materials. There is a bibliography, chronology, and index for each volume. While the information presented is excellent, the cost of the set may be prohibitive for many libraries. Additional Selection. 2005, Greenwood Press (Greenwood Publishing Group), 8v., $699.95 hc. Ages 15 up.Karen Sykeny (VOYA, June 2005 (Vol. 28, No. 2)) - This reference set provides an extremely comprehensive collection of historical and cultural knowledge for the variety of regional influences in the United States. The overall organization of each regional volume is consistent and makes navigation fast and simple. Each book has a preface and introduction that provides a general overview of the region in focus with a map. The identical table of contents in each volume lists alphabetically the major subject areas and information, such as art, ecology, ethnicity, fashion, folklore, food, language, literature, music, and religion. Helpful cross-references appear in bold type to guide readers to other pertinent pages. Each major subject section and its subsections highlight and discuss descriptive and statistical details chronologically. Sentence structure and vocabulary are a nice balance, being both simple for easy reading and understanding and yet not "dumbed down." All subject areas follow a linear pattern of historical beginnings, progressions over America's two-hundred-plus year history, and include current influences. The South volume includes such highlights as the famous influence the South has for baking (bread and sweets), the effect of blacks after emancipation on southern sports, and the beginnings and widespread influence of car racing (NASCAR) on a national level. The Midwest volume includes description and discussion of the heavy immigrant influence on food culture of the Midwest by Jewish, Asian, Middle Eastern, Celtic, German, and Amish people. The talk of sports relates how a more urban approach to athletics took place in the Midwest, as seen in the formation of YMCAs and team sports such as basketball and soccer as well as the kinds of competitions and recreation at fairs and festivals. The Rocky Mountain volume includes all the environmental issues concerning this region throughout history and today such as water and wildlife conservation. Its fashion section has many pages discussing Native American dress as well as the pioneers' fashion. Although the set has no color photos and the individual books are rather thick and unwieldy (the entire set will take a fair amount of shelf space), the short paragraphs and clearly marked subsections for each subject area make it very easy to use and find answers quickly. This reference set will be a great source for students in grade seven and up, especially for schools and public libraries where states and cultural heritage assignments are frequent and curriculum support is needed. Other regions covered in this set include The Great Plains, New England, The Southwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Pacific. 2004, Greenwood, 3,200p. in 8 vols.; Index. Biblio. Photos. Maps. Charts. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB $699.95/set.. Ages 11 to Adult.
Deep South: Memory and Observation by Erskine CaldwellDeep South: Memory and Observation
Caldwell, Erskine
1995
New York, Weybright and Talley [1968]  Physical descrip:  257 p. 24 cm.  General Note:  "Part 1 of Deep South was first published in England under the title In the shadow of the steeple." 
Cathedrals of Kudzu: A Personal Landscape of the South by Hal CrowtherCathedrals of Kudzu: A Personal Landscape of the South
Crowther, Hal
2000
In these essays, one of the most influential Southern journalists of his generation sorts out a whole warehouse of Southern idiosyncrasy and iconography, including the Southern belle, Faulkner, James Dickey, Stonewall Jackson, Cormac McCarthy, guns, dogs, fathers, trees, George Wallace, Elvis, Doc Watson, the decline of poetry, and the return of chain gangs. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake-Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis CovingtonSalvation on Sand Mountain: Snake-Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia
Covington, Dennis
1995
Glendel Buford Summerford, pastor the Church of Jesus with Signs Following, was convicted of trying to kill his wife with posinous snakes. As Dennis Covington covered the murder trial, he discovered the bizarre, mysterious, ultimately irresistible world of holiness snake handling-a world of unshakable faith, where pepole handle poisonous snakes, drink strychnine, speak in tongues, lay hands on the sick, and, some claim, raise the dead. As Covington explored the lives and beliefs of the poor white Southerners who practice this strange form of religion, he gradually began to explore his own soul. With an admirable balance of objectivity and passion, he writes of his ancestors, who came down from the hills of Appalachia only two generations ago, of the riveting power of the faith he witnesses, and finally, of his own spiritual transformation, which leads him to join those he is writing about and take up the snakes. A National Book Award finalist Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 9: Literature  by Thomas IngeThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 9: Literature
Inge, Thomas
2008
Offering a comprehensive view of the South's literary landscape, past and present, this volume of "The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture" celebrates the region's ever-flourishing literary culture and recognizes the ongoing evolution of the southern literary canon. As new writers draw upon and reshape previous traditions, southern literature has broadened and deepened its connections not just to the American literary mainstream but also to world literatures a development thoughtfully explored in the essays here.Greatly expanding the content of the literature section in the original "Encyclopedia," this volume includes 31 thematic essays addressing major genres of literature; theoretical categories, such as regionalism, the southern gothic, and agrarianism; and themes in southern writing, such as food, religion, and sexuality. Most striking is the fivefold increase in the number of biographical entries, which introduce southern novelists, playwrights, poets, and critics. Special attention is given to contemporary writers and other individuals who have not been widely covered in previous scholarship.
The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs by Joseph  FloraThe Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs
Flora, Joseph
2002
"Solidly authoritative and comprehensive, The Companion to Southern Literature spans the genres, languages, ideologies, events, culture, literary history, works, and writers that comprise the literature of the South. From incest to grits, topics are wide-ranging and eclectic. It features alphabetical and topical tables of contents and a thorough index that allows users to find important names that may lack an entry. With more than 500 entries by 200 contributors, the book contains signed essays that are critical and complete with cross-references and a brief bibliography. This companion's affordability and comprehensiveness make it a value and a prized reference work."--"The Best of the Best Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2003. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.