Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! South Carolina and the Confederate Flag by K. Michael Prince (review)

Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! South Carolina and the Confederate Flag by K. Michael Prince (University of South Carolina Press, 2004)

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Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! South Carolina and the Confederate Flag by K. Michael Prince (review)

by John M. Coski
Southern Cultures, Vol. 11, No. 2: Summer 2005

University of South Carolina Press, 2004

Following in the time-honored tradition of Thomas Wolfe and Willie Morris, South Carolina native K. Michael Prince writes about the South from a self-imposed exile. In Prince’s case, the exile is to Munich, Germany, where he is a free-lance writer and translator. His perspective on the South is typically conflicted: sentimental toward his homeland, yet disdainful of the South’s “insularity and parochialism, its suspicious small-mindedness and it backslapping hypocrisy, from its stifling good-ol’-boy conformity, its rock-ribbed sanctimony, and its sometimes brutal intolerance.” A child of the civil-rights era, Prince is a progressive, committed to integration as the key to the South’s future and to its soul.