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By Ray, Celeste; Wilson, Charles Reagan

Transcending everyday different types of "black" and "white," this quantity of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture complicates and enriches our knowing of "southernness" through picking the array of cultures that mixed to form the South. This exploration of southern ethnicities examines the methods humans practice and continue cultural identities via folklore, spiritual religion, gown, track, speech, cooking, and transgenerational tradition.

Accessibly written and knowledgeable by means of the latest study that recovers the ethnic variety of the early South and files the newer arrival of recent cultural teams, this quantity vastly expands upon the modest Ethnic existence portion of the unique Encyclopedia. individuals describe 88 ethnic teams that experience lived within the South from the Mississippian interval (1000-1600) to the current. They contain 34 American Indian teams, in addition to the numerous groups with ecu, African, and Asian cultural ties that got here to the sector after 1600. Southerners from all backgrounds are inclined to locate themselves represented here.

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We are grateful as well to the individual donors to the Center for the Study of Southern Culture who have directly or indirectly supported work on The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. We thank the volume editors for their ideas in reimagining their subjects and the contributors of articles for their work in extending the usefulness of the book in new ways. We acknowledge the support and contributions of the faculty and staff at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Finally, we want especially to honor the work of William Ferris and Mary Hart on the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

And importantly, where new developments have warranted treatment of topics not addressed in the original edition, volume editors have commissioned entirely new essays and articles that are published here for the first time. The American South embodies a powerful historical and mythical presence, both a complex environmental and geographic landscape and a place of the imagination. Changes in the region’s contemporary socioeconomic realities and new developments in scholarship have been incorporated in the conceptualization and approach of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

Enduring cultural subregions linked to environmental zones now include the Appalachian Blue Ridge Mountains, the Cumberland and Ozark Plateaus, the Carolina and Georgia Piedmont, the Mississippi Delta, the Blue-grass Country of Kentucky, the Wiregrass Country from southeastern Alabama through the Florida Panhandle to Savannah, and the Black Belt (the rich soil zone in parts of the Deep South). Historically and currently, each of these areas has attracted different immigrants and has fostered different cultural developments so that, while multiple traditions have blended over the centuries to create a southern regional culture, southerners still identify themselves in a variety of ways.

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