By James C. Cobb
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From the 17th century Cavaliers and Uncle Tom's Cabin to Civil Rights museums and today's conflicts over the accomplice flag, here's a very good portrait of southern id, served in an attractive mixture of historical past, literature, and pop culture. during this insightful publication, written with dry wit and sharp perception, James C. Cobb explains how the South first got here to be seen--and then got here to work out itself--as a area except the remainder of the US.
As Cobb demonstrates, the legend of the aristocratic Cavalier origins of southern planter society was once nurtured by means of either northern and southern writers, basically to be challenged through abolitionist critics, black and white. After the Civil battle, defeated and embittered southern whites included the Cavalier delusion into the cult of the "Lost Cause," which provided the emotional power for his or her decided campaign to rejoin the Union all alone phrases. After international battle I, white writers like Ellen Glasgow, William Faulkner and different key figures of "Southern Renaissance" in addition to their African American opposite numbers within the "Harlem Renaissance"--Cobb is the 1st to teach the robust hyperlinks among the 2 movements--challenged the recent South creed by way of asking how the grandiose imaginative and prescient of the South's prior might be reconciled with the dismal fact of its current. The Southern self-image underwent one other sea swap within the wake of the Civil Rights circulate, while the top of white supremacy shook the previous definition of the "Southern manner of life"--but whilst, African americans started to research their southern roots extra brazenly and embody their local, in addition to racial, identification. because the millennium grew to become, the South faced a brand new id problem as a result of worldwide homogenization: if Southern tradition is in every single place, has the recent South develop into the No South?
Here then is an enormous paintings through one among America's most interesting Southern historians, a magisterial synthesis that mixes wealthy scholarship with provocative new insights into what the South potential to southerners and to the USA as well.
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The wise man was practical and planted fruittrees around the shrine, like a man who plants fruit-trees. The cherry-trees are profuse with cherry-blossoms white as cherry-blossoms, and the plum-blossoms are as purple as plum-blossoms. Profuse as blossoms on the t-rees in May. We walk along here as firmly as the sailors of the Dolphin walking on good ground. The silence is unoppressive like the silence in the holy grove of Apollo in Mytilene on Lesbos. It is light as day. It is considered fitting, in honor of Pittacus, to mention his wise maxims.
We walk along here as firmly as the sailors of the Dolphin walking on good ground. The silence is unoppressive like the silence in the holy grove of Apollo in Mytilene on Lesbos. It is light as day. It is considered fitting, in honor of Pittacus, to mention his wise maxims. This is the worship. And also, as one can, to add maxims of his own. So we say, each one as he happens to think of something, "Be attentive of opportunities! Power discovers the man. Whatever you do, do well! Be attentive of opportunities-yes, that bears repeat- 46 In the Grove of Pittacus ing.
This morning I came to another island and it was again peopled by Greeks. We speak a language. Why should I be modest and not blurt out the truth? the strongest of the fairest! It is not to be observed, passing over any one's face a new thought. Is it even permissible to be ashamed of what everybody accepts? Before whom shall I blush? It is crowded stifling hot in this town where all of us are flaming. The sight of my folk in its numbers is more than soul can tolerate. Here is a dark alley, and this looks like a quiet hole in space to slip into and hide.