The Politics of Inferiority

Angie Maxwell

in The Indicted South

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print April 2014 | ISBN: 9781469611648
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469614519
The Politics of Inferiority

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This chapter discusses how southern communities that perceived themselves to be under siege retreated physically, artistically, or politically and established a new defiant reality. They also grounded this reality in the textual authority of the Bible, the literary work, or the Constitution, respectively. This alternate sense of authority acted as an anchor, to which these white southerners held tightly, in a storm of change and uncertainty.

Keywords: white southerners; southern identity; Bible; Constitution; southern literature

Chapter.  6530 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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