John Shelton Reed Minding the South

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Minding the South

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For over three decades John Shelton Reed has been "minding" the South. He is the author or editor of thirteen books about the region. Despite his disclaimer concerning the formal study of Southern history, Reed has read widely and in depth about the South. His primary focus is upon Southerners' present-day culture, but he knows that one must approach the South historically in order to understand the place and its people.

Why is the South so different from the rest of America? Rupert Vance, Reed's predecessor in sociology at Chapel Hill, once observed that the existence of the South is a triumph of history over geography and economics. The South has resisted being assimilated by the larger United States and has kept a personality that is distinctly its own. That is why Reed celebrates the South.

The chapters in this book cover everything from great thinkers about the South―Eugene D. Genovese, C. Vann Woodward, M. E. Bradford―to the uniqueness of a region that was once a hotbed of racism, but has recently attracted hundreds of thousands of black people transplanted from the North. There are also chapters about Southerners who have devoted their talents to politics, soft drinks, rock and roll, and jewelry design. Reed writes with wit and Southern charm, never afraid to speak his mind, even when it comes to taking his beloved South to task. While readers may not share all his opinions, most will agree that John Shelton Reed is one of the best "South watchers" there is.

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John Shelton Reed was William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science until his retirement in 2000. His books include Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s.
 



John Shelton Reed was William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science until his retirement in 2000. His books include Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s.
 

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“These essays are both timed and timeless. Timed because they are products of a man and his era. They are his thoughts, shaped by what was happening to him when he wrote them. Timeless because they offer a historical perspective on the region and its people. This is a fine book.”

—Harvey H. Jackson, The Journal of Southern History

“Any reader, whether interested in the usual subjects about the South or not, will learn new things about the South from reading Reed’s engaging book.”

—Larry D. Griffin, Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies

"Informatively written . . . Minding the South is a wonderful celebration of the American South and its culture—a regional society which has resisted being assimilated by mainstream United States in order to keep its own distinctive personality. . . . Minding the South is a splendid and enduring tribute to American Southern culture and custom."

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