The Burden of Southern History

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LSU Press, 1993 - History - 304 pages
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In this book Woodward brilliantly addresses the interrelated themes of Southern identity, Southern distinctiveness, and the strains of irony that characterize much of the South's historical experience.

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User Review  - Stephen - Goodreads

he publication of these essays on southern character and its tragic history, from Civil War to the abandoned civil rights efforts of Reconstruction could not have converged more significantly with its ... Read full review

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This book was published in 1960, the beginning of a decade haunted by arguably the most heinous and evil acts committed in the name of hatred and ignorance. Dr. Woodward chronicles the hate and ... Read full review


The Historical Dimension
John Browns Private War
The Deferred Commitment
The Political Legacy
A Southern Critique for the Gilded Age
The Populist Heritage and the Intellectual
What Happened to
The Irony of Southern History
A Second Look at the Theme of Irony
Look Away Look Away
The Burden for William Faulkner
j The Burden for Robert Penn Warren

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One of the world's most distinguished historians, C. Vann Woodward was born in Vanndale, Arkansas, and educated at Emory University and the University of North Carolina, where he received his Ph.D. in 1937. After teaching at Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Florida, and Scripps College for a time, in 1946 he joined the faculty at The Johns Hopkins University, where he began producing the many young Ph.D.s who have followed him into the profession. In 1961 he became Sterling Professor at Yale University, where he remains today as emeritus professor. He has been the Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, Harmsworth Professor at Oxford University, and Commonwealth Lecturer at the University of London. Past president of all the major historical associations, he holds the Gold Medal of the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and is a member of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society. His honors also include a Bancroft Prize for Origins of the New South, 1876--1913 (1951) and a 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Mary Chesnut's Civil War (1981). A premier historian of the American South and of race relations in the United States, Woodward studies the South in a way that sheds light on the human condition everywhere. In recent years he has turned his attention increasingly to comparative history.