Southern Communities

Identity, Conflict, and Memory in the American South

Edited by Steven E. Nash and Bruce E. Stewart

Afterword by Stephen Berry

Title Details

Pages: 294

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 05/01/2019

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5512-2

List Price: $32.95

Hardcover

Pub Date: 05/01/2019

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5511-5

List Price: $99.95

eBook

Pub Date: 05/01/2019

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5513-9

List Price: $32.95

Southern Communities

Identity, Conflict, and Memory in the American South

Edited by Steven E. Nash and Bruce E. Stewart

Afterword by Stephen Berry

The southern community as an elusive concept in constant reevaluation

Skip to

  • Description
  • Contributors

Community is an evolving and complex concept that historians have applied to localities, counties, and the South as a whole in order to ground larger issues in the day-to-day lives of all segments of society. These social networks sometimes unite and sometimes divide people, they can mirror or transcend political boundaries, and they may exist solely within the cultures of like-minded people.

This volume explores the nature of southern communities during the long nineteenth century. The contributors build on the work of scholars who have allowed us to see community not simply as a place but instead as an idea in a constant state of definition and redefinition. They reaffirm that there never has been a singular southern community. As editors Steven E. Nash and Bruce E. Stewart reveal, southerners have constructed an array of communities across the region and beyond. Nor do the contributors idealize these communities. Far from being places of cooperation and harmony, southern communities were often rife with competition and discord. Indeed, conflict has constituted a vital part of southern communal development. Taken together, the essays in this volume remind us how community-focused studies can bring us closer to answering those questions posed to Quentin Compson in Absalom, Absalom!: "Tell [us] about the South. What's it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all."

Ras Michael Brown

Judkin Browning

Katharine S. Dahlstrand

Mary Ella Engel

Matthew Christopher Hulbert

George Justice

Luke Manget

Samuel B. McGuire

Barton A. Myers

Steven E. Nash

Kyle Osborn

Robert C. Poister

Katherine Rohrer

Kevin Young

About the Author/Editor

Steven E. Nash (Editor)
STEVEN E. NASH is an associate professor of history at East Tennessee State University and the author of Reconstruction's Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains.

Bruce E. Stewart (Editor)
BRUCE E. STEWART is an associate professor of history at Appalachian State University and the author or editor of several books, most recently Modern Moonshine: The Revival of White Whiskey in the Twentieth-First Century.