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Flashes of a Southern Spirit
Flashes of a Southern Spirit
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Flashes of a Southern Spirit

Meanings of the Spirit in the U.S. South
Charles Wilson
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Flashes of a Southern Spirit

Meanings of the Spirit in the U.S. South
Charles Wilson
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Flashes of a Southern Spirit explores meanings of the spirit in the American South, including religious ecstasy and celebrations of regional character and distinctiveness.

Charles Reagan Wilson sees ideas of the spirit as central to understanding southern identity. The South nurtured a patriotic spirit expressed in the high emotions of Confederates going off to war, but the region also was the setting for a spiritual outpouring of prayer and song during the civil rights movement. Arguing for a spiritual grounding to southern identity, Wilson shows how identifications of the spirit are crucial to understanding what makes southerners invest so much meaning in their regional identity.

From the late nineteenth-century invention of southern tradition to early twenty-first-century folk artistic creativity, Wilson examines a wide range of cultural expression, including music, literature, folk art, media representations, and religious imagery. He finds new meanings in the works of such creative giants as William Faulkner, Richard Wright, and Elvis Presley, while at the same time closely examining little-studied figures such as the artist/revivalist McKendree Long. Wilson proposes that southern spirituality is a neglected category of analysis in the recent flourishing of interdisciplinary studies on the Southโ€”one that opens up the cultural interaction of blacks and whites in the region.

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Publisher
University of Georgia Press
Year
2011
ISBN
9780820339566
Topic
History
Subtopic
North American History

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