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The Indicted SouthPublic Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness$
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Angie Maxwell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469611648

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469611648.001.0001

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The Politics of Inferiority

The Politics of Inferiority

Conservatism, Creationism, and The Culture Wars

(p.234) Epilogue The Politics of Inferiority
The Indicted South

Angie Maxwell

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how southern communities that perceived themselves to be under siege retreated physically, artistically, or politically and established a new defiant reality. They also grounded this reality in the textual authority of the Bible, the literary work, or the Constitution, respectively. This alternate sense of authority acted as an anchor, to which these white southerners held tightly, in a storm of change and uncertainty.

Keywords:   white southerners, southern identity, Bible, Constitution, southern literature

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