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William Alexander PercyThe Curious Life of a Mississippi Planter and Sexual Freethinker$
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Benjamin E. Wise

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835357

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869956_wise

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. The Stage of Southern History

. The Stage of Southern History

(p.14) 1. The Stage of Southern History
William Alexander Percy

Benjamin E. Wise

University of North Carolina Press

William Alexander Percy's Mississippi Delta in 1910 was a world of sprawling cotton plantations, a disproportionately large black population, and a political system run by white people and by Democrats. Percy later wrote stories of Reconstruction, the main act on the stage of southern history. The central theme in these stories was that of southern men defending their honor and their homes.

Keywords:   William Alexander Percy, Mississippi Delta, black population, Democrats, Reconstruction, southern history

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