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Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This sweeping work of cultural history explores a time of startling turbulence and change in the South, years that have often been dismissed as placid and dull. In the wake of World War II, southerners anticipated a peaceful and prosperous future, but as Pete Daniel demonstrates, the road into the 1950s took some unexpected turns.

Daniel chronicles the myriad forces that tu
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Paperback, 378 pages
Published April 28th 2000 by University of North Carolina Press
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Zachary
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Written with a lot of emotion - not always useful in making the author's point, but sometimes providing a layer of depth - and the sources used in the book are incredibly powerful and well-compiled. Overall it's a fascinating read, particularly the history of the USDA and the changes in Southern agribusiness following World War II.
Jonathan
Oct 17, 2008 rated it liked it
This book had some really interesting stuff in it, but I didn't like the way it was written and the whole stretch to talk about rock and role and stock car racing seemed a little too much.

I found the information about the industrialization of agriculture in the South post WWII really interesting. I thought it was cool how the author showed how changes in agriculture led to urbanization and how that effected race relations and pop culture. (Man "race relations" is such a weird term -- maybe I sho
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David Blankenship
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This social history of the 1950s south is three separate, but related, stories. Part 1, which is the least interesting and convincing, was how the south changed in its agricultural model due to pressure from federal bureaucracy. The immediate interests of poor whites and blacks was sacrificed for the wants of what would become agribusiness. Part 2 was about how racing and music impacted traditional culture and made it 'lowdown'. Part 3 was a detailed and harrowing account of the conflicts betwee ...more
variablestar
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I gave it a 3, but really my rating would be more 2.5, in that I found it interesting, but it was just okay to read, and while the information was interesting and informative the prose was somewhat dry.
Tom Darrow
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Solid social history. Daniel looks at the well-known political elements of the 1950s... the Civil Rights movement, protests and incorporates a lot of new information about how the life of your average southerner changed... right down to the music they listened to and the sports they watched.
Sean Chick
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Seemed more like a series of articles strung together, but some of those articles are top notch.
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