The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 20: Social Class

Edited by Larry J. Griffin, Peggy G. Hargis

Charles Reagan Wilson, General Editor

528 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 18 halftones, 20 figs., 1 maps, 12 tables, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7232-1
    Published: July 2012
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-8254-2
    Published: July 2012
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8620-0
    Published: July 2012

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This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture offers a timely, authoritative, and interdisciplinary exploration of issues related to social class in the South from the colonial era to the present. With introductory essays by J. Wayne Flynt and by editors Larry J. Griffin and Peggy G. Hargis, the volume is a comprehensive, stand-alone reference to this complex subject, which underpins the history of the region and shapes its future.

In 58 thematic essays and 103 topical entries, the contributors explore the effects of class on all aspects of life in the South--its role in Indian removal, the Civil War, the New Deal, and the civil rights movement, for example, and how it has been manifested in religion, sports, country and gospel music, and matters of gender. Artisans and the working class, indentured workers and steelworkers, the Freedmen's Bureau and the Knights of Labor are all examined. This volume provides a full investigation of social class in the region and situates class concerns at the center of our understanding of Southern culture.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi

About the Authors

Larry J. Griffin is the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Research Professor at Georgia Southern University. He holds appointments in the sociology and history departments and directs the university’s American studies program.
For more information about Larry J. Griffin, visit the Author Page.

Peggy Hargis is professor of sociology at Georgia Southern University.
For more information about Peggy G. Hargis, visit the Author Page.

Charles Reagan Wilson is Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Chair in History and Professor of southern studies at the University of Mississippi. He is coeditor, with William Ferris, of the original Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.
For more information about Charles Reagan Wilson, visit the Author Page.


" [A] multi-year, multi-dimensional, and unprecedented series."--Library Journal

“[This book] proves itself both an indispensible tool for academics researching the material culture or semiotics of the South and a singular addition to the encyclopedia.”--The Southern Register

"This splendid addition to the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture is not just 'about social class' but about a great many aspects of southern life as viewed through the prism of class, and many of its entries are polished and comprehensive essays. It's not just for reference but for reading and reflection."--John Shelton Reed, co-author, 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South

"Social class is both bold mystery and defining chasm in the American South. Where else would one expect to find more poor people and more politicians who are completely untroubled by their plight, than in the South of the twenty-first century? The scholars of this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture lend an endless contribution to a continuing effort to understand the unfathomable. Bravo."--Gene Nichol, Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor and director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill