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This is a ponderous book but if you can get through at least one volume you will find you understand the South like you never understood it before. I wonder if there is a substitute for this book anywhere else? Gone with the Wind comes to mind. But History of the South explains the idea of English manners and heritage, etc.
This is a history worth reading, particularly if you are a son or daughter of the South. Simkins doesn't hesitate to make a fair analysis of the events that have been some our darkest times, or to detail in brutal honesty some of the distinctive characteristics that make us who we are. Ultimately, that is Simkins' goal: the exhibit what makes the South distinctive and enduring. He accomplishes it with great deft.
Francis Butler Simkins was a historian and president of the Southern Historical Association.More about Francis Butler Simkins...