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Extending his investigation into the ethical life of the white American South beyond what he wrote in "Southern Honor" (1982), Bertram Wyatt-Brown explores three major themes in southern history: the political aspects of the South's code of honor, the increasing prominence of Protestant faith in white southerners' lives, and the devastating impact of war, defeat, and an an ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published April 23rd 2001 by University of North Carolina Press
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Sean Michael
A solid collection of essays from a man who's career is based upon understanding how honor motivated Southerners and turned them towards radical and violent acts, namely secession, Civil War, and postbellum race violence. It is a dark picture, in line with Mary Chesnut's belief that Southerners were living in a Greek tragedy.

Works like this make me think that the South was not quite so distinctive from America. That is to say, the South's reaction to military defeat was the reaction America had
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Wes
Of all the books I read over 7 years of higher education, this was absolutely, hands down, the worst. Several of my classmates agreed, and we went so far as to send a joint letter to Wyatt-Brown informing him of that fact. Would not recommend to anyone, especially anyone interested in Southern Culture.
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