One Homogeneous People: Narratives of White Southern Identity, 1890-1920
Southerners have a reputation as storytellers, as a people fond of telling about family, community, and the southern way of life. A compelling book about some of those stories and their consequences, One Homogeneous People examines the forging and the embracing of southern “pan-whiteness” as an ideal during the volatile years surrounding the turn of the twentieth century. Trent Watts argues that despite real and significant divisions within the South along lines of religion, class, and ethnicity, white southerners--especially in moments of perceived danger--asserted that they were one people bound by a shared history, a love of family, home, and community, and an uncompromising belief in white supremacy. Watts explores how these southerners explained their region and its people to themselves and other Americans through narratives found in a variety of forms and contexts: political oratory, fiction, historiography, journalism, correspondence, literary criticism, and the built environment.
Brown, Trent. "One Homogeneous People: Narratives of White Southern Identity, 1890-1920." (2010): 1-231.
English and Technical Communication
1890 - 1920
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