336 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 24 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2728-1
Published: February 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1419-9
Published: April 2014
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Awards & distinctions
Runner-up, 2015 Society for U.S. Intellectual History Annual Book Award
Examining novels, minstrel songs, travel brochures, illustrations, oratory, and other cultural artifacts produced in the half century following the Civil War, Prince demonstrates the centrality of popular culture to the reconstruction of southern identity, shedding new light on the complicity of the North in the retreat from the possibility of racial democracy.
About the Author
K. Stephen Prince is assistant professor of history at the University of South Florida.
For more information about K. Stephen Prince, visit the Author Page.
“Prince marshals a vast array of evidence and makes a convincing case for the persuasive power of many of these Southern stories.”--Civil War Monitor
“Stories of the South is not only an important addition to the historiography of the period but also an impressively researched and engaging book full of well-told stories.”--Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
“A powerful account of how the battles over regional identities in the postbellum United States were as likely to occur in the playhouse or travel brochure, as they were in the courthouse or senate chambers.”--Journal of American History
"An innovative perspective that locates the consumption of stories of the South in the North and indicts northerners as culpable in the retreat from racial democracy . . . . [W]ill appeal to scholars across the humanities."--H-Net
"Those southern stories—about a region essentially different but fundamentally American, one shorn of overt political separateness but nevertheless carrying great cultural authority on matters of race--retain a remarkable persuasive ability, despite several generations of scholarship devoted to undermining them. Prince’s excellent book shows why."--American Historical Review
“Very original and innovative . . . certainly merits reading.”--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
Multimedia & Links
Read: In this guest blog post, Prince discusses the legacy of the Reconstruction and the difficulty of understanding this era in American history. Read "Thinking about Reconstruction at 150 Years."