Edward L. Ayers monumental history, Promise of the New South, was praised by the eminent historian Bertram Wyatt-Brown as "A work of frequently stunning beauty," who added "The elegance and sensitivity that he achieves are typical of few historical works." Winner of the James A. Rawley Prize for Best Book on American Race Relations from the Organization of American HistoriEdward L. Ayers monumental history, Promise of the New South, was praised by the eminent historian Bertram Wyatt-Brown as "A work of frequently stunning beauty," who added "The elegance and sensitivity that he achieves are typical of few historical works." Winner of the James A. Rawley Prize for Best Book on American Race Relations from the Organization of American Historians, and the Frank Lawrence Owsley and Harriett Chappell Owsley Award from the Southern Historical Association, and finalist for the 1992 National Book Award, the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for History, and the 1993 Southern Book Award, Promise of the New South established Ayers as one of the foremost scholars of the American South. Now, in this newly revised edition, Ayers has distilled this remarkable work to offer an even more readable account of the New South.Ranging from the Georgia coast to the Tennessee mountains, from the power brokers to tenant farmers, Ayers depicts a land of startling contrasts--a time of progress and repression, of new industries and old ways. Ayers takes us from remote Southern towns, revolutionized by the spread of the railroads, to the statehouses where Democratic "Redeemers" swept away the legacy of Reconstruction; from the small farmers, trapped into growing nothing but cotton, to the new industries of Birmingham; from abuse and intimacy in the family to tumultuous public meetings of the prohibitionists. He explores every aspect of society, politics, and the economy, detailing the importance of each in the emerging New South. Here is the local Baptist congregation, the country store, the tobacco-stained second-class railroad car, the rise of Populism: the teeming, nineteenth-century South comes to life in these pages. And central to the entire story is the role of race relations, from alliances and friendships between blacks and whites to the spread of Jim Crow laws and disenfranchisement. Ayers weaves all these details into the contradictory story of the New South, showing how the region developed the patterns it was to follow for the next fifty years.A vivid portrait of a society undergoing the sudden confrontation of the promises, costs, and consequences of modern life, this is an unforgettable account of the New South--a land with one foot in the future and the other in the past....
|Title||:||Southern Crossing: A History of the American South, 1877-1906|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Pages|
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Southern Crossing: A History of the American South, 1877-1906 Reviews
This publication is a great mosaic of Southern life from 1877-1906, including different perspectives (women, African Americans, populists). The book is organized into three sections: daily life, public life, and cultural life. Daily life describes the importance of railroads, the growing socio-economical gaps between town and country, and the influences of commercial and milling industries in the "New" South. Public life addresses politics of the "New" South, including populism, prohibition, and greenbackers; alliances between various semi-political and class organizations like the Grange, Knights of Labor, and Farmers' Alliance; and civil rights for women and African Americans in the "new" South (or rather the lack thereof). And the cultural life section addresses literature and music. This book does not have a central thesis but rather fleshes out the "New" South as contentious and often contradictory experiences from the Reconstruction period to turn of the century. A especially important contribution from this book is Ayers's description of the nine sub-regions of the South (for those unfamiliar) which complicates the image of the South as a single unified block of the country. It is an interesting and rich detail of a complex society, some would argue "colony," in the United States.
I am torn in the number of stars that I want to give this book. Parts of the book were just okay and I liked other parts. This book is an abridgment and it reads like one. The paragraphs do not, in my opinion, flow well from one idea to the next. I like the lay out of the books chapters and how the author used each chapter to advance the story of the South and its people during this time but I felt short changed on the information. Just when I felt that the author was beginning to drive home a point or bolster an argument over child labor or the Populist movement, the section or chapter ended. The book also ends in much the same way. The author basically says, "There was a race riot in Atlanta. It was pretty bad and about 25 blacks were killed. So the South had its issues and history kept on going but I'm tired of writing so here is the end." I do wish that the author would have listed all of the sources that were used, like he says he does in the longer book. All in all for someone just interest in a brief and somewhat disjointed introduction to Southern history, this book would be fine. For someone truly interested in Southern history,it is my opinion that this abridged book will be a disappointment.