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The Present Shapes Stories about the Past

MELISSA WALKER

in Southern Farmers and Their Stories

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124094
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124094.003.0006
The Present Shapes Stories about the Past

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This chapter examines local people's recollection of their experiences concerning the rural transformation in the American South with reference to the present. It suggests that rural southerners' telling of stories about how the past was “not like today” is a political act. It contends that their intention for doing so might be to convince the younger generation that some facets of contemporary life need altering, that they need to return to a world where people shared an ethic of care and concern and a sense of responsibility for each other.

Keywords: rural transformation; American South; political act; younger generation; care ethics; sense of responsibility

Chapter.  17311 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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