207 pp., 6 x 9
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4094-8
Published: January 1983
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2290-3
Published: June 2018
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Before Johnson examined the health of America, however, he examined the health of the South--and generally, in the 1920s, he found it poor. The revival of the Ku Klux Klan, the Scopes trial, the anti-Catholicism sparked by Al Smith's presidential candidacy, and the labor violence of 1929 made the South the nation's number one news item, reinforcing the national image of a Savage South.
In South-Watching, Fred Hobson contends that Johnson's most important accomplishment was his role as brilliant critic and interpreter of Southern life during this crucial stage in the making of a modern Southern mind. This volume is the first collection of Johnson's essays about the South, and Hobson's perceptive introduction is the first biographical treatment of a man whose vision shaped the destiny of his native region.
Originally published in 1983.
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About the Author
Fred Hobson is Lineberger Professor of the Humanities at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author, most recently, of Menken: A Life and But Now I See: The White Southern Racial Conversion Narrative.
For more information about Fred C. Hobson Jr., visit the Author Page.
"A valuable contribution to Southern history and studies. Any view of the South-that-was would be incomplete without a familiarity with Mencken, W. J. Cash and Gerald Johnson."--Vermont Royster, former editor, Wall Street Journal