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Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Cracker Culture is a provocative study of social life in the Old South that probes the origin of cultural differences between the South and the North throughout American history. Among Scotch-Irish settlers the term “Cracker” initially designated a person who boasted, but in American usage the word has come to designate poor whites. McWhiney uses the term to define culture ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 30th 1989 by University Alabama Press (first published 1988)
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Dec 12, 2008 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it it was amazing
This book more or less takes the position that the civil war between the north and south was more a conflict of cultures than anything else. The yankees being predominently of English stock were industrious, money grubbing, uptight dullards and the people of the south having more people of Celtic ancestry were a tempermental, emotional lot who would rather spend their days screwing their women and running through the woods with their hound dogs than working their fingers to the bone from sun up ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Johnny rated it really liked it
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One might normally be reticent to pick up a volume entitled with the “C” word, the Scot-Irish equivalent of the “N” designation in impolite (ie. “racist”) society, but one would miss out on some very interesting history (with sociological implications) if one failed to read Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South. As an academic work, this is a fascinating recap of conclusions based upon primary sources in both the Antebellum U.S. and the prior and parallel history of the U.K. As a backgro ...more
Heather Knight
Jan 15, 2008 Heather Knight rated it it was ok
I read this book at the behest of my creative director, who is from old Southern stock. The premise is that people of Celtic (Irish, Welsh, Scottish) decent populated the antebellum South while people of English decent populated the North and that their underlying cultural differences lead to vastly different lives and, eventually, to the Civil War.

I think Grady McWhiney makes a good case for things like the leisure culture, etc., but where I felt the book fell short was in making the connection
Dec 09, 2009 Art rated it it was ok
This has to be the most poorly laid out book I have ever tried to read. The subject interests me and it might be a good book but with the strange size (As tall as a trade paperback but only as wide as a normal paperback) and with foot notes on every page-some of these footnotes taking up as much as 3/4ths of the text in the page just makes the book unreadable and I gave up on it.
One star for wasted time- would be interested in trying to reade a better laid out edition sometime in the future.
May 29, 2014 Maggie rated it liked it
Shelves: dixie
Here's the thing, I was reading along, and it said, in the book, I wasn't into book learning, since I'm Southern. But I guess the exaggerated style was part of the performance and the point. It's full of figures and stats to help you take it seriously, and if you're Southern, something about it will ring true. It's somehow very entertaining, too.
Jul 18, 2013 nichole rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
Disgusting attempt to rationalize and justify racism, ignorance, and any other horrible quality usually attributed to the South.
Jul 23, 2013 valpal rated it really liked it
Interesting . . . gave me more insight into my 'hillbilly' ancestors.
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