Title: The South
Author: B. C. Hall & C. T. Wood
Format: Hard Cover w/Jacket
Publication Year: 1995
Special Attributes: First Edition
Used Condition: tight binding, clean text, not price clipped, not ex-library, remainder mark
The history, culture, myth, and reality of America's South--brilliantly captured in an anecdotal and colorful Baedeker.
The Mason-Dixon line refers not only to a geographic division but also to a ``moral, political and economic'' culture that Hall and Wood (coauthors of Big Muddy) reexamine in a sweeping tour of the region that is chock-full of anecdote, history and fresh insights. From Virginia to Florida, Oklahoma to Texas, the authors delineate their different ambiences, heroes, villains and common folk. A matriarchal culture and an enduring attachment to the land still characterize most of the region despite all the post-Civil War changes and the differing rates of industrialization. They also argue that a sensuousness and an inclination to myth and fantasy distinguish the South from the North. The authors investigate the influence of the ecology of each state in their view, for example, Florida is a Mediterranean enclave on its development and character. Their tours of Jimmy Carter's Plains, Ga., and Bill Clinton's Hope, Ark., are more than a little revealing of the influences on these two leaders, as are their dips into Jefferson's Virginia, Faulkner's Mississippi and the homes of a multitude of other literary and political figures. An intimately perceptive and vividly written portrait of the region. (Apr.) -- Bernstein