The Southern Way of Life
Meanings of Culture and Civilization in the American South
By Charles Reagan Wilson
616 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 39 halftones, notes, index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6498-9
Published: January 2023
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6499-6
Published: November 2022
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Structured in three parts, The Southern Way of Life takes readers on a journey from the colonial era to the present, from when complex ideas of "southern civilization" rooted in slaveholding and agrarianism dominated to the twenty-first-century rise of a modern, multicultural "southern living." As Wilson shows, there is no singular or essential South but rather a rich tapestry woven with contestations, contingencies, and change.
About the Author
Charles Reagan Wilson is professor emeritus of history and southern studies at the University of Mississippi.
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"An impressive and elucidating work of cultural history"—Publishers Weekly
"Wilson, the dean of southern studies, has given us a monumental interdisciplinary and multicultural reassessment of a fabled and oft-troubled region. This study will force a recalibration of old pieties while charting a path toward new forms of social and cultural critique."—John Wharton Lowe, author of Calypso Magnolia: The Crosscurrents of Caribbean and Southern Literature