A Mythic Land Apart: Reassessing Southerners and Their History

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 206 pages
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Utilizing biographical, demographic, political, social, and cultural approaches, the nine essays in this book provide a probing look at the South's diversity and its important place in the national past. The authors explore the tension between the South's well-worn mythic images and the diversity that bred such influential leaders as Philip Mazzei, Henry Clay, A. B. Happy Chandler, and John Sherman Cooper. The chapters illustrate the South's complexity in assessing the region's plain folk, slave panics, military strategy, racial reform, and temperance movement. The book untangles the South's mythology and offers fresh and penetrating insights into the ongoing reassessment of the region.

Written by leading experts on the South's rich past, this book provides nine essays on the history of the South. Utilizing biographical, demographic, political, social, and cultural approaches, the essays provide a probing look at the South's diversity and its important place in the national past. The authors explore the tension between the South's well-worn images and the diversity that bred such influential leaders as Philip Mazzei, Henry Clay, A. B. Happy Chandler, and John Sherman Cooper.

The South has always been a land of complexity and change. "A Mythic Land Apart" illustrates this in assessing the region's plain folk, slave panics, military strategy, racial reform, and temperance movement. Whether captured in fiction, film, or historical literature, the South's history remains intertwined with its mythic self. The essays in this book untangle the South's mythololgy and offer fresh and penetrating insights into the ongoing reassessment of the region.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
From Temperance
19
The Case of Louisville
43
Compromiser or Conspirator? Henry Clay and
57
The Slave Insurrection Panic of 1860 and Southern Secession
81
Robert E Lees Military Legacy
103
Blacks and
125
Experiences Shaping the Life
151
Hollywood and the Mythic Land Apart 19881991
177
Selected Bibliography of Charles Pierce Roland
191
Index
197
About the Editors and Contributors
205
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JOHN DAVID SMITH is Graduate Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at North Carolina State University. His most recent books include The Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery (Greenwood, 1988), Ulrich Bonnell Phillips (Greenwood, 1990), Anti-Black Thought (11 vols., 1993), and Black Voices from Reconstruction (1996).

THOMAS H. APPLETON, JR., serves as editor of publications for the Kentucky Historical Society. He is collaborating with Charles P. Roland on a biography of former Kentucky governor, U.S. Senator, and Commisioner of baseball Albert B. Happy Chandler.