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Discovering the South : one man's travels through a changing America in the 1930s

Author: Jennifer Lynn Ritterhouse
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the summer of 1937, Jonathan Daniels, the young, white, liberal-minded editor of the Raleigh News and Observer, took a ten-state driving tour to 'discover' his native land. He thought the true South lay somewhere between Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road and Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, and he set out to find it--ultimately interviewing even Mitchell herself. In this book, historian Jennifer Ritterhouse  Read more...
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Named Person: Jonathan Daniels
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Lynn Ritterhouse
ISBN: 9781469630946 146963094X
OCLC Number: 958141242
Description: xvi, 363 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: We so-called free moderns : Raleigh, North Carolina --
This division between faith in democracy and power descending from authority : from Raleigh to Lookout Mountain, Tennessee --
The demand for justice will not be a cause furthered only by radicals : Scottsboro, Alabama --
A quaint and quixotic group of gentlemen : Nashville, Tennessee --
Tenants are able to hold their heads a little higher : Memphis, Tennessee --
Naked and hot as if she were stripped in the sun : Marked Tree, Arkansas --
The most interesting man I met : from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Tuskegee, Alabama --
As furious as the last horseman of a legion of the bitter-end : Birmingham, Alabama --
A red-headed woman immaculate and immediate from the beauty parlor : Atlanta, Georgia --
The newly exciting question of the possibility of democracy : from Atlanta to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Responsibility: Jennifer Ritterhouse.

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In the summer of 1937, Jonathan Daniels, the white, liberal-minded editor of the Raleigh News and Observer, took a ten-state driving tour to "discover" his native land. In Discovering the South  Read more...

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Fascinating and well-researched. . . . Ritterhouse has done an admirable job in transporting us to a time and place and a southern liberal's struggle to describe a region on the cusp of change.--Rob Read more...

 
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