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Author Szczesiul, Anthony, author.

Title The Southern hospitality myth : ethics, politics, race, and American memory / Anthony Szczesiul.

Publication Info. Athens : The University of Georgia Press, 2017.

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Description 1 online resource.
Series The new Southern studies series
Summary "Hospitality as a cultural trait has been associated with the South for well over two centuries, but the origins of this association and the reasons for its perseverance often seem unclear. Anthony Szczesiul looks at how and why we have taken something so particular as the social habit of hospitality--which is exercised among diverse individuals and is widely varied in its particular practices--and so generalized it as to make it a cultural trait of an entire region of the country. Historians have offered a variety of explanations of the origins and cultural practices of hospitality in the antebellum South. Economic historians have at times portrayed Southern hospitality as evidence of conspicuous consumption and competition among wealthy planters, while cultural historians have treated it peripherally as a symptomatic expression of the Southern code of honor. Although historians have offered different theories, they generally agree that the mythic dimensions of Southern hospitality eventually outstripped its actual practices. Szczesiul examines why we have chosen to remember and valorize this particular aspect of the South, and he raises fundamental ethical questions that underlie both the concept of hospitality and the cultural work of American memory, particularly in light of the region's historical legacy of slavery and segregation"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: What can one mean by Southern hospitality? -- A Virginian praises "Yankee hospitality" : rethinking the historicity of antebellum Southern hospitality -- The Amphytrion and St. Paul, the planter and the reformer : discourses of hospitality in antebellum America -- Making hospitality a crime : the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 -- Southern hospitality in a transnational context : the geopolitical logic of the South's sovereign hospitality -- Reconstructing Southern hospitality in the postbellum world : reconciliation, commemoration, and commodification -- The modern proliferation of the Southern hospitality myth : repetition, revision, and reappropriation -- Epilogue: New strangers of the contemporary South.
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Subject Southern States -- Social life and customs -- 1775-1865.
Hospitality -- Southern States -- History.
Hospitality -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Southern States -- History.
Southern States -- Moral condiitons.
Racism -- Southern States -- History.
Southern States -- Public opinion -- History.
Regionalism -- United States -- History.
Memory -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Memory -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States -- History.
Public opinion -- United States -- History.
Chronological Term 1775-1865
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Szczesiul, Anthony. Southern hospitality myth. Athens : The University of Georgia Press, 2017 9780820332765 (DLC) 2016049005 (OCoLC)960030875
ISBN 9780820350738 (electronic bk.)
0820350737 (electronic bk.)