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.
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