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1st Edition

The Routledge History of the American South

Edited By

Maggi Morehouse

ISBN 9781138784949
Published July 26, 2017 by Routledge
242 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge History of the American South looks at the major themes that have developed in the interdisciplinary field of Southern Studies. With fifteen original essays from experts in their respective fields, the handbook addresses such diverse topics as southern linguistics, music (secular and non-secular), gender, food, and history and memory. The chapters present focused historiographical analyses that, taken together, offer a clear sense of the evolution and contours of Southern Studies. This volume is valuable both as a dynamic introduction to Southern Studies and as an entry point into more recent research for those already familiar with the subfield.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Text and Context – David A. Davis & Maggi M. Morehouse

Chapter 1: History of the American South – Rebecca Brannon

Chapter 2: Politics, Southern Style – Peyton Jones & Raymond A. Arsenault

Chapter 3: Southern Identity – Orville Vernon Burton & Anderson Rouse

Chapter 4: Southern Language – Becky Childs & Christine Mallinson

Chapter 5: Gendered Worlds – Valinda Littlefield & Dorothy O. Pratt

Chapter 6: War and Warriors – Marcus S. Cox

Chapter 7: Business and Work in the South – Bruce W. Eelman

Chapter 8: Religious Practices – Anderson Rouse & Orville Vernon Burton

Chapter 9: Church Music in Black and White – Eric Crawford

Chapter 10: Songs of the South – Eric Nunn, William C. Palmer

Chapter 11: Foodways – David A. Davis

Chapter 12: Architecture and Landscape Art – Christopher Fennell, Shawn Fields, Rebecca Schumann

Chapter 13: The Cinematic South – Lisa Hinrichsen & Daniel Cross Turner

Chapter 14: The Literary South – Taylor Hagood

Chapter 15: Divided by a Common Past: Race and the Unfinished Revolution of Reconstruction – J. Brent Morris

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Maggi M. Morehouse is Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University.


If you’re looking for an up-to-date survey of the trends and issues that define the field of Southern Studies, there’s no better book than The Routledge History of the American South. While grounded solidly in history, as its title says, the volume embraces a wide-ranging interdisciplinarity, covering fields as diverse as religion, foodways, and business. What emerges is a compelling vision of the region and its often loving and often terrifying peculiarities, as well as a deep understanding of what’s culturally and politically at stake in the various ways we define the South and designate traditions as southern.

- Robert Brinkmeyer, University of South Carolina

You will not know the full scope of the history and culture of the American South until you read this compelling book. Authorities from a multitude of disciplines present a fascinating portrait of the South from its early origins to the contemporary period in chapters ranging from identity to religion, linguistics to food, and politics to film. This volume appeals to a wide audience of readers. A stunning achievement!

- Carolyn Ross Johnston, Eckerd College

Arguably the most studied place on earth, the American South has inspired a vast library of work that spans over three centuries. In the magisterial History of the American South, Maggi Morehouse embraces this rich body of literature and offers a powerful new vision of the region’s history and culture, with an eye toward its future. The History is a radical work that challenges us to rethink what it means to be "southern." The book is an essential resource for all who seek to understand the American South.

- William Ferris, author of The South in Color: A Visual Journey