William Harris, the editor of Routledge's The Old South: New Studies of Society and Culture, aims in The New South to introduce students to the historiography of this later volatile period of southern history, which starts from the racial segregation prevalent after the end of the Civil War and continues through the Civil Rights Movements of the 1950s and 1960s. For many years, this historiography centered on the writing of C. Vann Woodward. Woodward remains an important touchstone in the field, but in The New South, Harris gathers the most significant scholarship illustrating the range of challenges to Woodward's interpretation of the South, including the importance of place, the role of women, the significance of memory, and the story of the "long Civil Rights Movement." The collection also features an introduction to the historiography of the New South, and a Guide to Further Reading.
J. William Harris is a Carpenter Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He teaches and writes on the history of the U.S. South, the Civil War era, and African American History. He advises graduate students in these areas as well as other areas of U.S. social history, and teaches an advanced course in Quantitative Methods for Historians. He studied at M.I.T. and Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1982.
The New South: New Histories Table of Contents Series Editor's Preface Introduction. 1. Negotiating and Transforming the Public Sphere: African American Political Life in the Transition from Slavery to Freedom. Elsa Barkley Brown 2. A Changing World of Work: North Carolina Elite Women, 1865-1895. Jane Turner Censer 3. Farmers, Dudes, White Negroes, and the Sun-Browned Goddess. Stephen Kantrowitz 4. Etiquette, Lynching, and Racial Boundaries in Southern History: A Mississippi Example. J. William Harris 5. New Women Nancy Hewitt 6. Defiance and Domination: "White Negroes" in the Piney Woods New South. Victoria E. Bynum 7. Pilgrimage to the Past: Public History, Women, and the Racial Order. Jack E. Davis 8. Le Reveil de la Louisiane: Memory and Acadian Identity, 1920-1960 W. Fitzhugh Brundage 9. Southern Seeds of Change, 1931-1938. Patricia Sullivan 10. "You Must Remember This": Autobiography as Social Critique. Jacqueline Dowd Hall 11. "You Don't Have to Ride Jim Crow": CORE and the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation Raymond Arsenault 12. "Bombingham," Glenn T. Eskew 13. "Sex, Segregation, and the Sacred after Brown." Jane Dailey Index