By James C. Cobb
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From the 17th century Cavaliers and Uncle Tom's Cabin to Civil Rights museums and today's conflicts over the accomplice flag, here's a tremendous portrait of southern id, served in an enticing mixture of heritage, literature, and pop culture. during this insightful publication, written with dry wit and sharp perception, James C. Cobb explains how the South first got here to be seen--and then got here to work out itself--as a quarter except the remainder of the United States.
As Cobb demonstrates, the legend of the aristocratic Cavalier origins of southern planter society used to be nurtured through either northern and southern writers, simply to be challenged through abolitionist critics, black and white. After the Civil conflict, defeated and embittered southern whites integrated the Cavalier fable into the cult of the "Lost Cause," which provided the emotional strength for his or her decided campaign to rejoin the Union all alone phrases. After international battle I, white writers like Ellen Glasgow, William Faulkner and different key figures of "Southern Renaissance" in addition to their African American opposite numbers within the "Harlem Renaissance"--Cobb is the 1st to teach the robust hyperlinks among the 2 movements--challenged the recent South creed by means of asking how the grandiose imaginative and prescient of the South's earlier should be reconciled with the dismal fact of its current. The Southern self-image underwent one other sea swap within the wake of the Civil Rights circulation, while the top of white supremacy shook the previous definition of the "Southern approach of life"--but even as, African american citizens started to research their southern roots extra overtly and include their nearby, in addition to racial, id. because the millennium grew to become, the South faced a brand new identification hindrance as a result of worldwide homogenization: if Southern tradition is far and wide, has the recent South develop into the No South?
Here then is a massive paintings by way of one among America's most interesting Southern historians, a magisterial synthesis that mixes wealthy scholarship with provocative new insights into what the South skill to southerners and to the USA as well.
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On Liberty, p. 73). But though most people would make a clear distinction between, say, driving a car to the danger of the public when the driver is drunk and getting drunk in the privacy of one's own home, there are bound to be many cases in which the application of general categories is a matter for dispute. THE UTILITARIAN MOVEMENT (i) 54 employment of scientific intellect'. 1 For political institutions do not simply grow while men sleep. They are what they are through the agency of the human will.
There is no room for any additional factor. Commenting on his father's theory J. S. Mill remarks that 'to reflect on any of our feelings or mental acts is more properly identified with attending to the feeling than (as stated in the text) with merely having it'. 8 And this seems to be true. But James Mill is so obstinately determined to explain the whole mental life in terms of the association of primitive elements reached by reductive analysis that he has to explain away those factors in consciousness to which it is difficult to apply such treatment.
Malthus (1766-1834), population always increases when living becomes easier, unless, of course, its rate of increase is restricted in some way. Thus population tends to outrun the means of subsistence. And it follows that wages tend to remain constant, at a subsistence level that is to say. Hence there is a law of wages which can hardly be said to operate in favour of the greater happiness of the greatest possible number. If the Benthamites had made in the economic sphere a thoroughgoing application of the principle of utility, they would have had to demand in this sphere a harmonization of interests 1 See Vol.
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