The South in Modern America


A Region at Odds
Dewey W. Grantham
978-1-55728-710-6 (paper)
July 2001


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The South in Modern America is a lively and illuminating account of the Southern experience since the end of Reconstruction. In the twentieth century, as in the nineteenth, the South has been the region most sharply at odds with the rest of the nation. No other part of the country has as clear-cut a sectional image. The interplay between the South, the North, and the rest of the nation represents a rich and instructive part of the United States history, illustrating much of the nation’s conflict and tension, the way it has tried to reconcile divergent issues, and its struggles to realize its historical ideals. In this new treatment of modern Southern history, Dewey W. Grantham illuminates the features that make the South a distinctive region while clarifying how it has converged socially and politically with the rest of the country during this century.

Dewey W. Grantham is the Holland N. McTyeire Professor of History Emeritus at Vanderbilt University. A former president of the Southern Historical Association, he has taught, researched, and written about the South and American history for more than forty-one years. Among his books, Hoke Smith and the Politics of the New South won the Charles S. Sydnor Award from the Southern Historical Association. He is also the author of The Regional Imagination: The South and Recent American History, Southern Progressivism: The Reconciliation of Progress and Tradition, and The Life and Death of the Solid South.