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Resilience of Southern Identity: Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of Its People

Christopher A. Cooper and H. Gibbs Knotts

Abstract

The American South has experienced remarkable change over the past half century. Black voter registration has increased, the region’s politics have shifted from one-party Democratic to the near-domination of the Republican Party, and in-migration has increased its population. At the same time, many outward signs of regional distinctiveness have faded--chain restaurants have replaced mom-and-pop diners, and the interstate highway system connects the region to the rest of the country. Given all of these changes, many have argued that southern identity is fading. But here, Christopher A. Cooper a ... More

Keywords: American South, Southern identity, Politics, Regional identification, Southern history, Race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469631059
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631059.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher A. Cooper, author
Western Carolina University

H. Gibbs Knotts, author
College of Charleston