"Cobb's work draws upon the writing of many historians, and his notes provide for a rich bibliography . . . Highly recommended."
"James C. Cobb has a distinguished record of helping to sort out the complexities of tradition and modernity in the American South. . . . Cobb's prose is deft and graceful . . . . This is a book that deserves a wide audience and a careful reading, by soccer moms and neo-Confederates alike."
"[Cobb] exhibits the skills of a talented folklorist as well as historian of southern music in presenting with great detail the stories, songs, and voices of history that fascinate the imagination . . . He brings the long dead past into sharp focus . . . Cobb brings to his study a great and useful range of cultural history and wonderful detail."
—Southern Literary Journal
"Readers who want a broad scholarly treatment of southern culture and its continuous state of change will find this book to be educational, balanced and interesting."
"People interested in the South and its place in the greater scheme of things need to pay attention to what Jim Cobb has to say."
"Cobb is witty and always stimulating in bringing together issues of the South’s cultural identity and its economic development—as no one else writing on the South does so well."
"Very few historians can turn their hand to both economic and cultural history but James Cobb is one of them."
The essays in Redefining Southern Culture reflect James C. Cobb’s career-long interest in exploring southern cultural identity and the interaction of this identity with the economic, social, and political forces that have transformed the region. Written in a refreshingly straightforward and engaging style, this book promises thoughtful reading for anyone interested in the modern South and will be a valuable resource for courses in southern history and culture.
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