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Southern United States

History September 20, 2012 Reconstruction At the end of the civil war in 1865, the government of the United States had to solve some delicate problems. How should the former confederate states be treated after their defeat? What should happen with the freedmen, the former slaves that were supposed to live as citizens now? Should the southern states be punished, should they reenter the Union and which conditions would they have to fulfill therefore? The way to manage these...

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History of the Southern Baptist Convention

THE HISTORY OF THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION The Southern Baptist (SBC) is a group of Christian believers based in the United States that is generally a conservative Christian denomination. It gets the name Southern from the fact that it was founded and rooted in the south. The Southern Baptist Convention became a separate denomination in 1845 when there was a regional split with northern Baptists over the issue of allocated funds. Although monies and missions were the main reason they split...

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Slave Ownership in the Southern United States

Critical Review: "Historians and the Extent of Slave Ownership in the Southern United States" "Only a minority of the whites owned slaves," "at all times nearly three-fourths of the white families in the South as a whole held no slaves;" "slave ownership in the South was not widespread;" "not more than a quarter of the white heads of families were slave owners, and even in the cotton states the proportion was less than one-third;" "in 1850, only one...

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Post War Southern Mentality

Matthew HIST 4315 Book Review Post War Southern Mentality Thomas L. Connelly and Barbara L. Bellows's God and General Longstreet: The Lost Cause And The Southern Mind effectively examines numerous characteristics within the mental process of southerners and their leaders before, during, and particularly after the Civil War. This text successfully investigates the ideas of southern politicians, generals, novelists, and journalists who all in the face of defeat combined to form a Lost Cause...

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The Southern Stereotype

Long Live Southern Stereotypes Ever since Scarlett O’Hara struggled to find love and Andy Taylor was elected Mayberry’s Sheriff, filmmakers and television producers have yet to lose any fondness for stereotyping the southern culture. There are many who despise any form of labeling or stereotyping within the media, fearing false characterizations or inaccurate portrayals of southern customs, traditions, and people. Exposure to southern stereotypes through media is an appealing element in the American...

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Southern Voting Behavior Since the 1960s

following. The Southern whites of the U.S. have typically followed and voted for the more conservative candidate and party. Where as the Southern blacks have typically (when they have been able to vote) voted for the more liberal party or candidate. The South was at one time a Democratic stronghold and has in the past 30 years become a typically conservative voting electorate. This tendency of voting by race for the liberal or conservative candidate has been a continuing occurrence. Southern turn out for...

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Southern Horrors: Ida B. Wells

SOUTHERN HORRORS In the late 19th century, Ida B. Wells dedicated most of her life to spreading the word about the horrific nature of lynching in the American South. Wells was a journalist, teacher, rights activist, and a public speaker. As an African American woman in the south during this time, Ida B. Wells was able to use her status as journalist to expose to the general public the true facts of lynching cases that suggested black wrongdoings. Wells used cases from all over America to convey...

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African Americans and Southern Racism During Reconstruction

Christine Orsini HIST 202-02 Professor Schulte March 25, 2012 Paper 1 Introduction At the end of the Civil War, America faced the difficult task of uniting not only two separated territories of the United States, but also two races long separated by racism and culture. Devastated and embittered by the damage of the war, the South had a long way to go in order to achieve true equality between the former slave owners and former slaves. The majority of the South remained set in racist behavior...

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Differences Between Northern and Southern Writers

section of the country. These values influence the characteristics of the life and the people of a particular region. By analyzing them, we will see certain themes and the similarities within the regions. While Southern writers focus on their proud heritage, every aspect of being “Southern” and wishing things could be the way they used to be. Northern writers tend to focus on Puritanism religion and beliefs. They looked forward to their religious freedom and moving forward from the past. They had...

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An Analysis of Themes of Southern Literature in the William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning’’

Patriarchy, Family, and Poverty: An Analysis of Themes of Southern Literature in the William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning’’ The culture in the United States of America varies from region to region. The South has its own unique form of culture. This unique capacity was captured by several authors in the form of literature. Southern literature corresponds with each other in terms of common history, sense of community, racism, religion, land tension, social class, and dialect. William Faulkner, an American...

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