One might argue as to whether 'the South is another land' or only a separate verse in the American song. There should be little argument over the usefulness of this collection of ten essays. They find their common ground in a loose schema--the 20th-century South with subsections on politics, 'the world of work,' religious affairs, and the 'search for the South.' All the work is most competently done. It may appear to some that the essays on the southern politicians are generic stories now thrice told; however, they show the individual differences and the uniqueness of personality that always make the biographical approach worthwhile. For sheer relevance to contemporary concerns it would be hard to surpass Willard B. Gatewood's 'After Scopes: Evolution in the South.' The expected questions of the southern nature, character, identity, and mind make their due appearances. Full notes with each essay, and a useful bibliographical essay on the major works. There is something here for professor, student, and general reader; university, college, and public libraries should have this volume. Choice The South is another land--different from the rest of the nation in its identity and its self-perception. This was the conclusion reached by ten outstanding historians after completing the research collected in this essay collection. Every recognized topic of importance in Southern and American history--politics, race, religion, women's role, social, economic, and intellectual history--is incorporated in this collection of essays.
|Publication date:||18th June 1987|
|Author:||Bruce L. Clayton, John A. Salmond|
|Publisher:||Praeger Publishers Inc an imprint of ABC-CLIO|
|Categories:||History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,|
BRUCE CLAYTON is Professor of History at Alleghany College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. JOHN A. SALMOND is Professor of American History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.More About Bruce L. Clayton, John A. Salmond