1001 Things Everyone Should Know/South Paperback – Jun 16 1997
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The South is different from the rest of the United States, and it's not just because most folks who live there speak with a southern drawl. In 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South authors John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed, both Southern academics, examine the ideologies and traditions the have historically set the South apart from the rest of America. Topical sections include "The Central Theme: Race and Politics" and "Grit Lit: Literature" and cover such diverse subjects as Bourbon Street, clogging and Paul "Bear" Bryant. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
The publication of the massive one-volume Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (LJ 7/89) gave librarians, historians, sociologists, and other researchers a treasure trove of invaluable information about the American South. Both of these new works continue to inquire into the peculiarities and distinctiveness of Southernness; both define the South as the 11 Confederate states plus West Virginia, Kentucky, and Maryland (1001 Things adds Oklahoma and Missouri to the list). The Reeds, both Southern academics, provide a cornucopia of succinct information that has historically made the South different from the rest of America. They divide their work into 12 broad topical sections such as "The Central Theme: Race and Politics" and "Grit Lit: Literature." Short paragraphs, often punctuated by photographs and illustrations, cover such diverse subjects as Bourbon Street, clogging, and Paul "Bear" Bryant. Howorth (Univ. of Mississippi) capitalizes on the trend of trivial pursuit publications. Her work offers a total of 762 questions with answers based on articles that appear in the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. The quiz book is divided into eight broad topical sections such as music and entertainment, literature, sports and recreation, the land, and art and architecture, with an average of 90 questions per section. Some questions are truly trivial, while others are thought-provoking, such as "What technological innovation has changed the nature of Southern life most dramatically?" Answer: Air conditioning. If that keen observer of Southern manners, Lewis Grizzard, were still alive he would no doubt enjoy these offbeat yet informative books. Recommended for public and undergraduate academic libraries.
Charles C. Hay, Eastern Kentucky Univ. Libs., Richmond
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
'1001 Things Everyone Should Know about the South' is a book anyone can open at random and start reading anywhere. But if you read it straight through, systematically, I'm willing to guarantee almost anyone they'll discover things about the South they never knew before.
This book is not a fancied-up version of 'You Know You're a Redneck When ...'.
The Reeds are serious researchers and writers, and they look at the South through the lenses of history, geography, ethnology, linguistics, religion, art, music, literature, architecture, cooking, politics, economics, and more. There are the obligatory sections on the Confederacy and the War, of course, but the Reeds understand, as other historians and writers have also noted, that the CSA was a period of barely five years out of more than 400 years of Southern history. (One of the things everyone should know about the South is that there were European settlers in Virginia, Texas, and Florida before anyone save Native Americans had set foot on Plymouth Rock.) This is one of the things that made '1001 Things ...' a far more satisfying book for me than was Michael Andrew Grissom's 'Southern by the Grace of God,' which had a tendency to view everything through the prism of the War.Read more ›
This book covers nearly everything anybody could reasonably want to know about The South - and a great deal more. The authors' treatment is rather eclectic - some major Southern indicia get fairly cursory treatment whilst some trivia get dwelt upon lovingly. I loved the treatment of Moon Pie - a delicacy unknown to European shores.
The Reeds have done an excellent job of combining scholarship with lightness of touch. The format is one of brief entries on topics (approx 100-500 words) loosely but alphabetically arranged by theme. It nicely complements John Shelton Reed's "My tears spoiled my aim" without covering the same ground.
Leave a copy in your bathroom - your guests will thank you!
Most recent customer reviews
This boook includes, well, a thousand interesting facts about the South. Being Southern myself, I never knew what was in a mint julep (along with 90% of the rest of the South). Read morePublished on Dec 27 2002 by Night Nurse
All I would add to what hasn't been said here in these very positive reviews is that the writers of "1001 Things" are believable not only for their impeccable... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2000 by moehiggins
This covers everything you should know in an amazing economy of space. It is like an encyclopedia in one volume. Everything that is southern is in this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2000 by James