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At the Falls: Richmond, Virginia, and Its People by Marie Tyler-McGraw (Review)

by Christopher Silver

University of North Carolina Press, 1994 In the mid-1980s, the Valentine Museum, whose self-appointed role is to chronicle Richmond, Virginia’s rich history, embarked upon an ambitious and controversial enterprise. Through a variety of experimental activities, the Valentine sought to create new museum exhibitions that incorporated recent urban historical scholarship and, at the same time, to »

Living Monuments: Confederate Soldiers’ Homes in the New South by R. B. Rosenburg (Review)

by Karen L. Cox

University of North Carolina Press, 1993 Interest in the South’s Lost Cause celebration is currently enjoying a revival. While Charles R. Wilson’s Baptized in Blood (1980) and Gaines M. Foster’s Ghosts of the Confederacy (1987) still remain the standard works on the subject, there are a number of graduate students whose research on southern women’s »

Good Country People: An Irregular Journal of the Cultures of Eastern North Carolina, Essays by Stanley Knick, Chris Wilson, Alex Albright, Milton Quigless, and Tom Patterson edited by Arthur Mann Kaye and Plankhouse by Shelby Stevenson, with photographs by Roger Manley (Review)

by James Applewhite

North Carolina Wesleyan College Press 1995, 1993 The editor’s introduction to Good Country People suggests that this fascinating volume is to be the first of a series. We should hope that this is so. These authors’ fresh looks at the complex world of Eastern North Carolina are “irregular” only in their avoidance of academic jargon »

Surveying the South: Studies in Regional Sociology (Review)

by John David Smith

University of Missouri Press, 1993. Surveying the South reprints ten articles published by John Shelton Reed between 1978 and 1991. Appropriately, Reed dedicates his collection of essays to distinguished pioneer sociologists Guy B. Johnson, Edgar T. Thompson, and Rupert B. Vance. One of the nation’s foremost regional sociologists, Reed devotes considerable attention to the contributions »

The Civil War in Popular Culture: A Reusable Past by Jim Cullen (Review)

by David Glassberg

Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995 The Civil War has been history for more than 130 years. In the decades immediately after Appomattox, Americans developed countless narratives of the war’s events. Their versions of the conflict were communicated through soldiers’ stories and local commemorative rituals that varied according to whether they lived in the North or the »

From Congregation Town to Industrial City: Culture and Social Change in a Southern Community by Michael Shirley (Review)

by Tom Hanchett

New York University Press, 1994 In the hundred years since the Industrial Revolution, a market revolution has transformed the American economy and in the process drastically reshaped all aspects of daily life. Once a nation of relatively isolated farmsteads and insular villages where families produced much of what they needed themselves, the United States has »

Andersonville: The Last Depot by William Marvel (Review)

by Robert C. Kenzer

University of North Carolina Press, 1994 William Marvel begins his award-winning study of Andersonville Prison by observing, “Some 41,000 men shuffled into the prison stockade at Anderson Station, Georgia, between February of 1864 and April of 1865. Of those, perhaps 26,000 lived long enough to reach home. Theirs was undoubtedly the most unpleasant experience of »

The Southern Martial Tradition: A Memory

by Louis D. Rubin Jr.

“We were part of its community life. But we were Jewish, and not from the old families that had fought in the Confederate War.” The earliest dream I can remember is of gateposts. A pathway in Hampton Park leads along an open area to a line of low trees and thickets. Next to and beyond »