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In this “knowing and sensitive book” (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs), Pulitzer Prize–finalist Tracy Thompson upends stereotypes and fallacies to reveal the true heart of the American South today.

Some say the South has disappeared. Many more are confused about it as a region and a mindset. But in her groundbreaking, thought-provoking exploration of the South, investigative journalist Tracy Thompson, a Georgia native, asserts that it has merely drawn on its oldest tradition: the ability to adapt and transform itself.

Thompson spent years traveling throughout the South and discovered a place both amazingly similar and radically different from the land she knew as a child. African Americans who left en masse for much of the twentieth century are returning in huge numbers, drawn back by a mix of ambition, family ties, and cultural memory. Though Southerners remain more churchgoing than other Americans, the evangelical Protestantism that defined Southern culture up through the 1960s has been torn by bitter ideological schisms. The new South is ahead of others in absorbing waves of Latino immigrants, in rediscovering its agrarian traditions, in seeking racial reconciliation, and in reinventing what it means to have roots in an increasingly rootless global culture.

Drawing on mountains of data, interviews, and a whole new set of historic archives, Thompson reveals the true character of a region still misunderstood by outsiders and even by its own people. The Boston Globe declared The New Mind of the South “a lucid and inspired endeavor that gracefully handles the Southern paradoxes and polishes away rusted typecasts.”

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Investigative journalist Tracy Thompson spent years traveling throughout the South and discovered a place both amazingly similar to and radically different from the land she knew as a child. African Americans who left en masse for much of the twentieth century are returning in huge numbers, drawn back by a mix of ambition, family ties, and cultural memory. Though Southerners remain more churchgoing than other Americans, the evan­gelical Protestantism that defined Southern culture through the 1960s has been torn by bitter ideological schisms. Drawing on mountains of data, interviews, and a whole new set of historic archives, Thompson reveals the true character of a region still misunderstood by outsiders and even by its own people.

About the Author

Tracy Thompson is a reporter and essayist who has written about subjects ranging from psychiatry to law to the Civil War. She is the author of The Beast: A Reckoning with Depression and The Ghost in the House. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband, their two daughters, one tabby cat, and an enthusiastic beagle named Max.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439158470
Author:
Thompson, Tracy
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
212.725 x 139.7 mm

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"Synopsis" by , Investigative journalist Tracy Thompson spent years traveling throughout the South and discovered a place both amazingly similar to and radically different from the land she knew as a child. African Americans who left en masse for much of the twentieth century are returning in huge numbers, drawn back by a mix of ambition, family ties, and cultural memory. Though Southerners remain more churchgoing than other Americans, the evan­gelical Protestantism that defined Southern culture through the 1960s has been torn by bitter ideological schisms. Drawing on mountains of data, interviews, and a whole new set of historic archives, Thompson reveals the true character of a region still misunderstood by outsiders and even by its own people.
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