Friday, March 7, 2014, at 12:00 p.m.
The Clinton School for Public Service, Sturgis Hall
Little Rock, Arkansas
The Twenty-First Century South: What The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Tells Us about the Burden of the Southern Future
Charles Reagan Wilson • Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Chair of History and Professor of Southern Studies, University of Mississippi
C. Vann Woodward’s essay “The Burden of Southern History” was one of the most notable efforts to address the special meanings of the U.S. South. This lecture assesses whether the idea of a “Southern burden” is relevant in thinking of the South’s future. It will note that throughout Southern history, at key periods of social change, commentators have explored the idea of the South’s future, and it will argue we are at such a key moment in the region’s experience. The New Encyclopedia’s broad scope provides ways of thinking about the South’s future in the light of its cultural history.
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