The Burden of Southern History

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LSU Press, 1993 - History - 304 pages
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First published in 1960, and revised in 1968, this collection of essays addresses the interrelated themes of Southern identity, Southern distinctiveness, and the strains of irony that characterize much of the South's historical experience. The third edition contains a new chapter and uncollected app
 

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Contents

The Historical Dimension
27
John Browns Private War
41
The Deferred Commitment
69
The Political Legacy
89
A Southern Critique for the Gilded Age
109
The Populist Heritage and the Intellectual
141
What Happened to
167
The Irony of Southern History
187
A Second Look at the Theme of Irony
213
Look Away Look Away
235
The Burden for William Faulkner
265
The Burden for Robert Penn Warren
281
Index
289
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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.