The Southern fascination with the Southern perception of the Southern condition is as tiresome as it is reductive as it is inexhaustible. To hear them Rebels tell it, every facet of their experience is not just peculiar but unique, not just an institution but a frickin' monument. As if Dixie monopolized creepy social paradoxes. As if Northern lynchings never existed. As if industrial growth hadn't crushed agricultural concerns other than plantations. As if whispering families of New England Brahmins were not equally chilled by ghosts of their... More >>>