A Shadow of Romance

Rebecca Cawood McIntyre

in Souvenirs of the Old South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036953
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038667 | DOI:
A Shadow of Romance

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In 1869, Charles Lanman returned to the mountains of the South to report on the shape of the landscape after the Civil War. The resulting article, “The Novelties of Southern Scenery,” in Appletons' Journal contained Lanman's usual raptures to the mountain landscapes. Lanman's addition of moralistic mountaineers was unconceivable as a device for tourism before the Civil War. Postbellum promoters, though, found a new angle by adding white southerners to their landscape in ways that are blatantly nostalgic and exploitative. Writers like Lanman cast these poor farmers and their agriculture as nostalgic remnants of a frontier past, a quiet and uncomplicated folk living contentedly far from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. These poor farmers became devices to lure northerners to a landscape out of the past, a captivating rural retreat far from the pressures of the modern world in a South seemingly out of step with the rest of the United States.

Keywords: Charles Lanman; mountains; South; landscape; Civil War; tourism; farmers; agriculture; United States

Chapter.  9861 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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