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The Resource W.J. Cash and the minds of the South, edited by Paul D. Escott

W.J. Cash and the minds of the South, edited by Paul D. Escott

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W.J. Cash and the minds of the South
Title
W.J. Cash and the minds of the South
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edited by Paul D. Escott
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Language
eng
Summary
When W.J. Cash hanged himself in a Mexico City hotel room in 1941, he could not have imagined the huge and lasting impact that his recently published book, The Mind of the South, would have on the study of his native region. In time the book became nothing less than a classic. In the half-century since its appearance, it has never been out of print. In February, 1991, Wake Forest University sponsored a major conference to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the book's publication. The conference assessed, from the perspectives of a variety of scholarly disciplines, the evolving perceptions of Cash and his book and compared Cash's South with today's. Edited by Paul D. Escott, W.J. Cash and the Minds of the South is the collection that grew out of that gathering. Written by some of the most noted authorities in the field, these essays add up to an informed, thoughtful, and provocative assessment of the current state of southern studies. The first section examines important aspects of Cash's life and the South he lived in. Bruce Clayton analyzes Cash's personal circumstances to help explain why he felt compelled to criticize so harshly the region he dearly loved. Raymond Gavins looks at the racial context of Cash's world, especially the situation of North Carolina blacks in the Age of Jim Crow. Using information from medical studies on depression and creativity, Bertram Wyatt-Brown explores the relationship between Cash's mental instability and his success as a writer. The second section focuses on The Mind of the South itself. Richard King investigates Cash's attitude toward political modernity and compares southern intolerance with the dark forces of Nazism and fascism, and Nell Irvin Painter assesses Cash's views on race and gender and finds much to criticize in them. Elizabeth Jacoway looks closely at Cash's interpretation of the white South's cult of southern womanhood, and David Hackett Fischer compares Cash's work with that of Cash's contemporary James McBride Dabbs, author of Who Speaks for the South? In the third section, scholars from four different disciplines - political science, economics, history, and religion - look at The Mind of the South in the light of the scholarship produced in the fifty years since Cash's death. Merle Black compares today's southern political system with the one that provided the context for Cash's writing. Gavin Wright relates Cash's ideas about the southern economy to recent scholarship on the economic history of the region. Jack Temple Kirby traces Cash's large influence on the unprecedentedly rich vein of historical works on the South written since 1941, and C. Eric Lincoln draws on his own personal history to evoke the black "countermind" of the South whose existence Cash overlooked as he strove to fathom what was alter all only the white "mind of the South." Escott concludes the volume with an Afterword focusing on ideas and issues brought up in panel discussions by some of the other participants in the conference, including C. Vann Woodward, George Brown Tindall, Dan T. Carter, Howell Raines, Hodding Carter, Edwin Yoder, Claude Sitton, Ed Williams, Frye Galliard, Marilyn Milloy, and former governor Gerald Baliles of Virginia. W.J. Cash and the Minds of the South demonstrates that the quest to understand Cash and his unique region continues relentlessly
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contains biographical information
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DLC
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1947-
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Escott, Paul D.
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  • Cash, W. J.
  • Cash, W. J.
  • Southern States
  • Southern States
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W.J. Cash and the minds of the South, edited by Paul D. Escott
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Introduction / Paul D. Escott -- W.J. Cash: A mind of the South / Bruce Clayton -- Behind a veil: Black North Carolinians in the age of Jim Crow / Raymond Gavins -- W.J. Cash: Creativity and suffering in a southern writer / Bertram Wyatt-Brown -- Cash and the crisis of political modernity / Richard H. King -- Race, gender, and class in The Mind of the South: Cash's maps of sexuality and power / Nell Irvin Painter -- The South's palladium: The southern woman and the cash construct / Elizabeth Jacoway -- Two minds of the South: Ideas of southern history in W.J. Cash and James McBride Dabbs / David Hackett Fischer -- The politics of the modern South / Merle Black -- Economic progress and the mind of the South / Gavin Wright -- Passion and discontinuities: A semicycle of Mind, 1941-1991 / Jack Temple Kirby -- Mind and countermind: A personal perspective on W.J. Cash's Mind of the South / C. Eric Lincoln -- Afterword / Paul D. Escott
Control code
25509739
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 267 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780807117736
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
92009307
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1477679
Label
W.J. Cash and the minds of the South, edited by Paul D. Escott
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction / Paul D. Escott -- W.J. Cash: A mind of the South / Bruce Clayton -- Behind a veil: Black North Carolinians in the age of Jim Crow / Raymond Gavins -- W.J. Cash: Creativity and suffering in a southern writer / Bertram Wyatt-Brown -- Cash and the crisis of political modernity / Richard H. King -- Race, gender, and class in The Mind of the South: Cash's maps of sexuality and power / Nell Irvin Painter -- The South's palladium: The southern woman and the cash construct / Elizabeth Jacoway -- Two minds of the South: Ideas of southern history in W.J. Cash and James McBride Dabbs / David Hackett Fischer -- The politics of the modern South / Merle Black -- Economic progress and the mind of the South / Gavin Wright -- Passion and discontinuities: A semicycle of Mind, 1941-1991 / Jack Temple Kirby -- Mind and countermind: A personal perspective on W.J. Cash's Mind of the South / C. Eric Lincoln -- Afterword / Paul D. Escott
Control code
25509739
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 267 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780807117736
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
92009307
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1477679

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