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Dixie Rising: How the South Is Shaping American Values, Politics, and Culture

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In “one of the best portrayals of the South in years” (Washington Post), the Atlanta bureau chief of the New York Times travels from catfish farms and neo-Confederate gatherings to casinos and country music festivals and examines the reasons behind the region’s growing influence. Index.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by Mariner Books (first published 1997)
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Ryan
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A fascinating, if somewhat dated, exploration of what, exactly, makes the South "The South." Mostly a political history, but very enlightening, full of really fun (and sometimes horrifying) anecdotes, the almost 400 page book is a pretty quick read. Each chapter is an examination of a particular place in the South, and how that place embodies some past trauma or event, or is representative of the "New South," the emerging (at that time; mostly emerged now) economic powerhouse of urbanized and li ...more
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This is hampered by being out of date -- it was published in 1996 -- and by the author's occasionally smug, self-satisfied, look-how-progressive-I-am-for-loving-the-South-even-though-I-was-not-born-there tone of voice. There's some good stuff buried in it, but Blue Dixie is a better look at Southern politics and any number of books are better looks at Southern culture.
Emila
I recently re-read this book after reading it first as a sophomore in college. It made a dent in my thinking then, and although somewhat dated today, it is still worth a read. It provides a good history of more recent Southern politics, and culture in general.
PS: Raleigh shout-out re: the New South.
Pam
Like many of the people who reviewed the book ... I reread it after years of moving my copy of the book from place to place. It does seem dated. Still, it holds a place in my heart.
George
As I recall, not a bad book. Would be interesting to revisit it to see how informative it is now.
Chris
Hard to argue with his point.
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