“These essays are both timed and timeless. Timed because they are products of a man and his era. They are his thoughts, shaped by what was happening to him when he wrote them. Timeless because they offer a historical perspective on the region and its people. This is a fine book.”
—Harvey H. Jackson, The Journal of Southern History
“Any reader, whether interested in the usual subjects about the South or not, will learn new things about the South from reading Reed’s engaging book.”
—Larry D. Griffin, Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies
"Informatively written . . . Minding the South is a wonderful celebration of the American South and its culture—a regional society which has resisted being assimilated by mainstream United States in order to keep its own distinctive personality. . . . Minding the South is a splendid and enduring tribute to American Southern culture and custom."
—Midwest Book Review--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
John Shelton Reed taught for thirty-one years at the University of North Carolina, where he directed the Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science and helped to found the university's Center for the Study of the American South. A founding coeditor of the quarterly Southern Cultures, he has received many fellowships and prizes and has been president of the Southern Sociological Society and the Southern Association for Public Opinion Research. He was once a judge at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and in 2001 he was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Reed has written many books including Minding the South, Kicking Back, My Tears Spoiled My Aim, and Surveying the South (all with University of Missouri Press). He lives and writes in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.