The South for New Southerners

Edited by Paul D. Escott, David R. Goldfield

179 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 13 illus.

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4293-5
    Published: April 1991
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2144-9
    Published: August 2016

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The South often seems like a foreign country to newcomers from other parts of the United States. And for people from other countries, Southern customs and lifestyle can be even more bewildering. For anyone who has ever wondered why the style of conducting busines in the South is different or why some Southerners are still fighting the Civil War, this book will be a valuable guide. The informative and entertaining essays will help new Southerners understand and appreciate the region and its people, and they will also serve as a refresher course on the South for those who are comfortably settled in.

Each of the essays adopts a different perspective to suggest just how the South is different from other American regions. In turn, they examine the special meaning of history for Southerners, the boundaries of the South as a geographical and as an imaginary region, the rhetoric and the reality of Southern race relations, the South's change from a rural to a metropolitan culture, the myth of the Southern belle and the reality of Southern women's lives, the political metamorphosis that turned the Solid South into the Solid Republican South, and the recent transformation of the poorest region in the country into an economic wonder called the Sunbelt.

Readers will learn that when Southerners ask strangers what church they attend, the intent is not to pry but to be friendly. They will also discover that "where the kudzu grows" is one of the best ways to define where the South is located.

The essays offer the insights of both shcolarship and experience, for the contributors -- most of them originally non-Southerners -- learned about this region by living in it as well as studying it.

The contributors are Julia Kirk Blackwelder, Paul D. Escott, David R. Goldfield, Nell Irvin Painter, John Shelton Reed, and Thomas E. Terrill.

About the Authors

Paul D. Escott is the author of several books including Many Excellent People: Power and Privilege in North Carolina, 1850-1900.
For more information about Paul D. Escott, visit the Author Page.

David R. Goldfield is the author of Black, White, and Southern: Race Relations and Southern Culture.
For more information about David R. Goldfield, visit the Author Page.