The U.S. South and Europe : transatlantic relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries / edited by Cornelis A. van Minnen and Manfred Berg.

Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2013]
307 pages ; 24 cm


New directions in southern history. [More in this series]
Summary note
"The U.S. South is a distinctive political and cultural force--not only in the eyes of Americans, but also in the estimation of many Europeans. The region played an important role as a major agricultural center and the source of much of the wealth in early America, but it has also served as a catalyst for the nation's only civil war, and later, as a battleground in violent civil rights conflicts. Once considered isolated and benighted by the international community, the South has recently evoked considerable interest among popular and academic observers on both sides of the Atlantic. In The U.S. South and Europe, editors Cornelis A. van Minnen and Manfred Berg have assembled contributions that interpret a number of political, cultural, and religious aspects of the transatlantic relationship during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The contributors discuss a variety of subjects, including European colonization, travel accounts of southerners visiting Europe, and the experiences of the German 'Forty-Eighters'--immigrants who settled in the South after the German Revolution of 1848. This volume also examines slavery, foreign recognition of the Confederacy as a sovereign government, the lynching of African Americans and Italian immigrants in the South, and transatlantic religious fundamentalism. Finally, it addresses contemporary issues such as international perceptions of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement as a framework for understanding race relations in the United Kingdom following World War II. Featuring contributions from leading scholars based in the United States and Europe, this illuminating volume explores the South from an international perspective and offers a new context from which to consider the region's history."--Jacket.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Southerners abroad: Europe and the cultural encounter, 1830-1895 / William A. Link
  • Alexis de Tocqueville and three German travel accounts on the antebellum South and New Orleans / Thomas Clark
  • The German forty-eighters' critique of the U.S. South, 1850-1861 / Daniel Nagel
  • "In the days of her power and glory": visions of Venice in antebellum Charleston / Kathleen Hilliard
  • Elizabethan dreams, Victorian nightmares: antebellum South Carolina's future through an English looking glass / Lawrence T. McDonnell
  • Slavery or independence: the Confederate dilemma in Europe / Don H. Doyle
  • The lynching of Southern Europeans in the Southern United States: the plight of Italian immigrants in Dixie / Stefano Luconi
  • Southern politicians, British reformers, and Ida B. Wells's 1893-1894 transatlantic antilynching campaign / Sarah L. Silkey
  • Transatlantic fundamentalism: southern preachers in London's pulpits during World War I / William R. Glass
  • Europeans interpret the American South of the Civil War era: how British and French critics received The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Gone with the Wind (1939) / Melvyn Stokes
  • Gunnar Myrdal and Arthur Raper in the Jim Crow South / Louis Mazzari
  • Explaining Jim Crow to German prisoners of war: the impact of the South on the World War II reeducation program / Matthias Reiss
  • Britain, the American South, and the wide civil rights movement / Clive Webb
  • Resisting the wind of change: the citizens' councils and European decolonization / Daniel Geary and Jennifer Sutton.
Other title(s)
United States South and Europe
  • 9780813143088 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
  • 081314308X ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
  • 9780813143194 ((pdf))
  • 0813143195 ((pdf))
Other standard number
  • 40022992315
  • 40022983749
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