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Beyond the Book

384 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 23 illus., 2 maps, notes, index

Where These Memories Grow

History, Memory, and Southern Identity


Southerners are known for their strong sense of history. But the kinds of memories southerners have valued--and the ways in which they have preserved, transmitted, and revitalized those memories--have been as varied as the region's inhabitants themselves.

This collection presents fresh and innovative perspectives on how southerners across two centuries and from Texas to North Carolina have interpreted their past. Thirteen contributors explore the workings of historical memory among groups as diverse as white artisans in early-nineteenth-century Georgia, African American authors in the late nineteenth century, and Louisiana Cajuns in the twentieth century. In the process, they offer critical insights for understanding the many communities that make up the American South.

As ongoing controversies over the Confederate flag, the Alamo, and depictions of slavery at historic sites demonstrate, southern history retains the power to stir debate. By placing these and other conflicts over the recalled past into historical context, this collection will deepen our understanding of the continuing significance of history and memory for southern regional identity.

Contributors:

Bruce E. Baker

Catherine W. Bishir

David W. Blight

Holly Beachley Brear

W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Kathleen Clark

Michele Gillespie

John Howard

Gregg D. Kimball

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp

C. Brenden Martin

Anne Sarah Rubin

Stephanie E. Yuhl

About the Author

W. Fitzhugh Brundage is William B. Umstead Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of several other books, including Under Sentence of Death: Lynching in the South.


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