9781439158470

The New Mind of the South

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  • ISBN13:

    9781439158470

  • ISBN10:

    1439158479

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/18/2014
  • Publisher: Free Press
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Summary

Investigative journalist Tracy Thompson spent years traveling throughout the South and discovered a place both amazingly similar to and radically different from the land she knew as a child. African Americans who left en masse for much of the twentieth century are returning in huge numbers, drawn back by a mix of ambition, family ties, and cultural memory. Though Southerners remain more churchgoing than other Americans, the evan­gelical Protestantism that defined Southern culture through the 1960s has been torn by bitter ideological schisms. Drawing on mountains of data, interviews, and a whole new set of historic archives, Thompson reveals the true character of a region still misunderstood by outsiders and even by its own people.

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