History and Hope in the Heart of Dixie: Scholarship, by Gordon E. Harvey, Richard D. Starnes, Glenn Feldman

By Gordon E. Harvey, Richard D. Starnes, Glenn Feldman

Social and political historical past of the fashionable South.
This selection of essays at the social and political heritage of the fashionable South think about the region’s bad, racial mores and race family members, fiscal chance, Protestant activism, political coalitions and curiosity teams, social justice, and revolutionary reform.
History and desire within the center of Dixie illuminates the twin function of historian and public suggest in glossy the US. In a time whilst the nation’s eyes were targeted by means of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita onto the vulnerability and dire situation of terrible humans within the South, the applicability of study, educating, and activism for this unvoiced point turns out all of the extra relevant.
Responding to the instance of Wayne Flynt, whose fierce devotion to his country of Alabama and its zone has no longer blinded his reputation of the inequities and melancholy that outline southern lifestyles for thus many, the students assembled during this paintings current contributions to the topics Flynt so passionately explored in his personal work. Two professional observers of southern background and culture—John Shelton Reed and Dan T. Carter—offer exams of Flynt’s effect at the heritage career as an entire and at the area of the South in particular.

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It is not surprising that the history of this change in federal initiatives has focused on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as pieces of key legislation that banned the practice of separate public accommodations and opened the voting booth to southern black people who had been disfranchised since the 1890s. Yet, if this “Second Reconstruction” classi¤cation is accurate, other facets of the federal government must be studied to understand the role Washington of¤cials played in the changing South.

Morgan, Black Hillbillies of the Arkansas Ozarks (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Department of Sociology, 1973), 63; William Pickens, “Arkansas— A Study in Suppression,” The Messenger 5 ( January 1923), reprinted in These ‘Colored’ United States: African American Essays from the 1920s, ed. : Rutgers University Press, 1996), 34; Wayne Flynt, Dixie’s Forgotten People: The South’s Poor Whites (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979), 116. 12. P. O. , interview, 10 May 1991, LaCrosse, Arkansas; Rucker, interview, May 1994; Izard County Real Estate Tax Book, 1909, Izard County Courthouse, Melbourne, Arkansas, 78.

In September the White House concluded that it wanted a poverty bill in its 1964 legislative package. ”8 The intellectual justi¤cation for the ¤ght against poverty could be found in the January 1964 Economic Report of the President. This report disclosed a strategy for reaching out to poor Americans, proposing the passage of legislation that would take the country beyond the programs created by the New Deal. ” He made the case that poverty had become a national problem. He also stressed that the South stood poised as one of the prime targets for improvement.

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