The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 24: Race

Edited by Thomas Cleveland Holt, Laurie B. Green, Charles Reagan Wilson

Charles Reagan Wilson, General Editor

320 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 25 halftones, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0723-8
    Published: June 2013
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0724-5
    Published: June 2013

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There is no denying that race is a critical issue in understanding the South. However, this concluding volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture challenges previous understandings, revealing the region's rich, ever-expanding diversity and providing new explorations of race relations. In 36 thematic and 29 topical essays, contributors examine such subjects as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Japanese American incarceration in the South, relations between African Americans and Native Americans, Chinese men adopting Mexican identities, Latino religious practices, and Vietnamese life in the region. Together the essays paint a nuanced portrait of how concepts of race in the South have influenced its history, art, politics, and culture beyond the familiar binary of black and white.

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

About the Authors

Thomas C. Holt is James Westfall Thompson Distinguished Service Professor of American and African American History at the University of Chicago and author of Children of Fire: A History of African Americans.
For more information about Thomas Cleveland Holt, visit the Author Page.

Laurie B. Green is associate professor of history, women’s and gender studies, and African American studies at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle.
For more information about Laurie B. Green, 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

"Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students; general readers."--Choice

"Holt and Green have made a valuable contribution to race and southern culture studies, as well as The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture series. This volume is a necessary contribution to a field flooded with research."--Tennessee Libraries

“A valuable contribution to our understanding of the South’s complicated multiracial history.”--The North Carolina Historical Review

“This important volume situates the multiracial South at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean by exploring the region as a complex racial borderland of diverse cultures and tangled histories. An indispensable guide to understanding the dynamic and fluid culture of the global South.”--Neil Foley,Southern Methodist University, author of Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity

"It's impossible to imagine a better starting point for anyone seeking a fuller appreciation of the origins, evolution, and implications of race as a deeply embedded omnipresence in southern life. The editors and contributors surely deserve our thanks for assembling a volume that treats the South's lengthy and tangled racial past in so much depth yet engages so effectively a present where race now defines, and frequently divides, along not just one but several color lines."--James C. Cobb, author of The South and America since World War II