In The American South, the authors demonstrate their belief that it is impossible to divorce the history of the south from the history of the United States. Their analysis underscores the complex interaction between the South as a distinct region and the South as an inescapable part of the United States. They show how the resulting tension has often propelled section and nation toward collision. In supporting their thesis, the authors draw on the tremendous amount of profoundly new scholarship in Southern history. There is a substantial biographical essay which will provide the reader with a guide to literature on the history of the South.
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William J. Cooper, Jr. is a Boyd Professor at Louisiana State University. He received his A.B. degree from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Professor Cooper has spent his entire professional career on the faculty at Louisiana State University, where he also served as dean of the Graduate School from 1982 to 1989. He has held fellowships from the Institute of Southern History at Johns Hopkins, from the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, from the Guggenheim Foundation, and from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of The Conservative Regime: South Carolina, 1877-1890 (1968); the South and the Politics of Slavery, 1828-1856 (1978); and Liberty and Slavery: Southern Politics to 1860 (1983). He has also edited two books and written numerous articles. In addition, from 1979 to 1993, Professor Cooper was editor of the Southern Biography Series published by the Louisiana State University Press.
Thomas E. Terrill is Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the Rockefeller Foundation. Most recently, he has been Fullbright Lecturer at the University of Genoa, Italy. In addition to publishing several books as well as publications in periodicals and proceedings, he has helped produce a feature film for national television, a documentary, and a television course for undergraduate and graduate students. His most recent book is his co-edited The American South Comes of Age.
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