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Southern Histories:
Public, Personal, and Sacred
by David Goldfield
University of Georgia Press, 2003
Cloth, $24.95 (140 pages)
ISBN: 0-8203-2461-9

In Southern Histories, David Goldfield, Robert E. Lee Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, questions many of the historical forces shaping the contemporary South.

Using the "Lost Cause" mythology, the author notes, "history, religion, and culture" can be so intertwined that "changing one's point of view threatens simultaneously one's ancestry, identity, and salvation. He believes the links between the myths are responsible for the region's reputation for intolerance as well as the preponderance of evangelical Protestantism.

Goldfield discusses the deliberations of the Southern Baptist Convention; Southern religion in a global age; the banning of Satan from Inglis, Florida by mayoral proclamation; and the Southerners' defiance of school-prayer prohibitions. He also questions who "wons" Southern history and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2011).

The editor of the Journal of Urban History and a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Goldfield also wrote Still Fighting the Civil War. His goal in writing the book is to make history "more real" to people outside of the academic world.


Pam Kingsbury
Southern Scribe Reviews

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