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Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860 : An Abridged Edition of Conjectures of Order,9780807834008

Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860 : An Abridged Edition of Conjectures of Order

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6/1/2010
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Univ of North Carolina Pr
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Summary

Michael Ors"Brien has masterfully abridged his award-winning two-volume intellectual history of the Old South,Conjectures of Order, depicting a culture that was simultaneously national, postcolonial, and imperial, influenced by European intellectual traditions, yet also deeply implicated in the making of the American mind. Here Ors"Brien succinctly and fluidly surveys the lives and works of many significant Southern intellectuals, including John C. Calhoun, Louisa McCord, James Henley Thornwell, and George Fitzhugh. Looking over the period, O'Brien identifies a movement from Enlightenment ideas of order to a Romanticism concerned with the ambivalences of personal and social identity, and finally, by the 1850s, to an early realist sensibility. He offers a new understanding of the South by describing a place neither monolithic nor out of touch, but conflicted, mobile, and ambitious to integrate modern intellectual developments into its tense and idiosyncratic social experience. Michael Ors"Brien has masterfully abridged his award-winning two-volume intellectual history of the Old South,Conjectures of Order, depicting a culture that was simultaneously national, postcolonial, and imperial, influenced by European intellectual traditions, yet also deeply implicated in the making of the American mind. Here Ors"Brien succinctly and fluidly surveys the lives and works of many significant Southern intellectuals, including John C. Calhoun, Louisa McCord, James Henley Thornwell, and George Fitzhugh. Looking over the period, O'Brien identifies a movement from Enlightenment ideas of order to a Romanticism concerned with the ambivalences of personal and social identity, and finally, by the 1850s, to an early realist sensibility. He offers a new understanding of the South by describing a place neither monolithic nor out of touch, but conflicted, mobile, and ambitious to integrate modern intellectual developments into its tense and idiosyncratic social experience.

Author Biography

Michael O'Brien is professor of American intellectual history at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Jesus College, and a fellow of the British Academy. He is author or editor of several books on Southern intellectual history and, most recently, of Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction The Position and Course of the Southp. 1
The Softened Echo of the Worldp. 19
All the Tribes, All the Productions of Naturep. 53
A Volley of Wordsp. 97
The Shape of a Historyp. 141
Pride and Powerp. 191
Philosophy and Faithp. 259
Epilogue Cool Brainsp. 315
Notesp. 337
Indexp. 361
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