A Companion to the American South

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John B. Boles
John Wiley & Sons, Mar 12, 2004 - History - 524 pages
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A Companion to the American South surveys and evaluates the most important and innovative writing on the entire sweep of the history of the southern United States. Twenty-nine essays from leading experts in the field analyze the various interpretive schools, briefly summarize the positions and approaches of the seminal books, and suggest the range of subjects and interpretations for every important era in southern history. The coverage includes topics such as slavery, politics, the Civil War and Reconstruction, race relations, the civil rights movement, southern religion, and women's history. Each chapter includes a select bibliography as a convenient reference to encourage further reading.

Intended for students, scholars, and general readers of U.S. southern history, this timely book is a primer to this exciting body of work and will guide research for years to come.

 

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Contents

Indians of the Early South
3
Spanish and French Exploration and Colonization
24
The English Colonial South to 1750
38
The Origins of Slavery 16191808
54
Understanding the South in the Revolutionary Era 17501789
69
The South in the New Nation 17901824
85
The Plantation Economy
103
The Maturation of Slave Society and Culture
118
Military and Political Aspects along with Social
249
Emancipation and Its Consequences
269
Political Reconstruction 18651877
284
Economic Consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction
303
The Rise of Jim Crow 18801920
336
Regional Revisionism
369
Religion in the American South Since the Civil War
387
Southern Environmental History
409

Plain Folk Yeomanry in the Antebellum South
139
Religion in the PreCivil War South
156
Politics in the Antebellum South
176
Women in the Old South
191
Intellectual and Cultural History of the Old South
212
Sectionalism and the Secession Crisis
235
Labor Relations in the Industrializing South
424
The Impact of the New Deal and World War II on the South
444
The Civil Rights Movement
461
Urbanization and I industrialization
474
The Transformation of Southern Politics 1954 to the Present
494
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John B. Boles is William Pettus Hobby Professor of History at Rice University and Managing Editor of the Journal of Southern History. His recent books include The Irony of Southern Religion (1994) and The South Through Time: A History of an American Region (second edition, 1999).