The Enduring South

Subcultural Persistence in Mass Society

By John Shelton Reed

Foreword by Edwin M. Yoder, Jr.; With a new afterword by the author

The Enduring South

171 pp., 6.125 x 9.25

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4162-4
    Published: August 1986

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First published in 1972, The Enduring South challenges the conventional wisdom that economic development, urbanization, and the end of racial segregation spelled the end of a distinctive Southern culture. In this edition, John Reed updates the public opinion data to the 1980s and reinforces the book's original conclusions: Southerners are different and are likely to stay that way.


"Confirms the persistence of marked differences in attitude between white southerners and other Americans."--Jonathan Yardley, New Republic

"Reed has written a stimulating book. [Readers] will appreciate the clarity of his argument, his vigorous prose, and the occasional flashes of humor which enliven his pages."--Journal of Southern History

"An extraordinary book which should have wide appeal. . . . This is a book about the Southern mind, attitudes, and behavior, by a gifted young sociologist who clearly relishes both the style and the traditions of the South."--Public Opinion Quarterly