Look Away, Dixieland: A Carpetbagger's Great-Grandson Travels Highway 84 in Search of the Shack-up-on-Cinder-Blocks, Confederate-Flag-Waving, Squirrel-Hunting, Boiled-Peanuts, Deep-Drawl, Don't-Stop-the-Car-Here South (Google eBook)

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LSU Press, Mar 18, 2011 - History - 192 pages
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As a boy, James Twitchell heard stories about his ancestors in Louisiana and even played with his great-grandfatherÆs Civil War sword, but he never appreciated the state and the events that influenced a pivotal chapter in his family history. His great-grandfather, Marshall Harvey Twitchell, a carpetbagger from Vermont, had settled in upstate Louisiana during Reconstruction, married a local girl, and encountered much success until a fateful day in August 1874. The dramatic story of the elder TwitchellÆs life and near assassination fuels the authorÆs pursuit of his familyÆs history and a true understanding of the South. In Look Away, Dixieland, Vermont-native Twitchell sets out from his current home in Florida on the inauguration day of AmericaÆs first black president to find the ́realö South and to try to understand the truth about his illustrious ancestor. He travels in an RV from GeorgiaÆs Okefenokee Swamp across Alabama and Mississippi to Coushatta, Louisiana. As he drives through the heart of Dixie, Twitchell sorts through the prejudices he learned from his northern rearing. In searching for the culture he had held at armÆs length for so long, he tours small-town southern life1in campgrounds, cotton gins, churches, country fairs, and squirrel dog kennels1and uncovers some fundamental truths along the way. Notably, he discovers that prejudices of race, class, and ideology are not limited by geography. As one man from Georgia mockingly summed up North versus South stereotypes, ́YÆall are rude and weÆre stupid.ö Unexpectedly, Twitchell also uncovers facts about his great-grandfather and sheds new light on his familyÆs past. An enlightening, humorous, and refreshingly honest search, Look Away, Dixieland reveals some of the differences and similarities that ultimately define us as a nation.

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User Review  - BLehner - LibraryThing

As much as I love to travel, I also love reading about other people's wanderlust. I'm not one to go for the same old travel guides though, so when I had the chance to read James B. Twitchell's Look ... Read full review

Review: Look Away, Dixieland: A Carpetbagger's Great-Grandson Travels Highway 84 in Search of the Shack-Up-On-Cinder-Blocks, Confederate-Flag-Waving, Squirrel-Hunting, Boiled-Peanuts, Deep-Drawl, Don't-Stop-The-Car-Here South

User Review  - Lisa Guidarini - Goodreads

The fact it seems to have taken me forever to read this book has absolutely nothing to do with how I felt about it. Rather, it is a book to be read slowly, to digest all the facts and deeply thought ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

James B. Twitchell lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Charlotte, Vermont, with his wife, Mary. He was a professor of English at the University of Florida for many years and is the author of, among others, Twenty Ads That Shook the World; Living It Up: Our Love Affair with Luxury; Branded Nation: The Marketing of Megachurch, College, Inc., and Museumworld; and Where Men Hide.

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