The South: Continuity and Change

Archive Report

The New Mind of the South

Region's Disappearing Sense of Isolation

Of books about the South there is no end,” V. O. Key wrote in the preface of his classic work, Southern Politics (1949). “Nor will there be as long as the South remains the region with the most distinctive character and tradition.” Key was right. Writers have never tired of examining the South and all its vices and virtues. Perhaps no other region of the country has been analyzed in such minute detail. But the unique characteristics and history of the region are no longer the principal preoccupations of Southern historians. In fact, many books and articles written about the South in recent years have shared a totally different theme: that the South has become ...

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