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The Indicted South: Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness

Angie Maxwell


By the 1920s, the sectional reconciliation that had seemed achievable after Reconstruction was foundering, and the South was increasingly perceived and portrayed as impoverished, uneducated, and backward. This interdisciplinary study examines and connects three key twentieth-century moments in which the South was exposed to intense public criticism, identifying in white southerners’ responses a pattern of defensiveness that shaped the region’s political and cultural conservatism. It exposes the way the perception of regional inferiority confronted all types of southerners, focusing on the 1925 ... More

Keywords: sectional reconciliation, Reconstruction, southerners, conservatism, regional inferiority, Scopes trial, anti-evolution movement, New Criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469611648
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469611648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angie Maxwell, author