Discovering the South
One Man's Travels through a Changing America in the 1930s
By Jennifer Ritterhouse
384 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 27 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3094-6
Published: March 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3095-3
Published: February 2017
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5921-3
Published: February 2020
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Awards & distinctions
Family History Book Award, North Carolina Society of Historians
In Discovering the South historian Jennifer Ritterhouse pieces together Daniels’s unpublished notes from his tour along with his published writings and a wealth of archival evidence to put this one man's journey through a South in transition into a larger context. Daniels's well chosen itinerary brought him face to face with the full range of political and cultural possibilities in the South of the 1930s, from New Deal liberalism and social planning in the Tennessee Valley Authority, to Communist agitation in the Scottsboro case, to planters' and industrialists' reactionary worldview and repressive violence. The result is a lively narrative of black and white southerners fighting for and against democratic social change at the start of the nation's long civil rights era.
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About the Author
Jennifer Ritterhouse is professor of history at George Mason University and the author of Growing Up Jim Crow: How Black and White Southern Children Learned Race.
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