Dixie's Forgotten People, New Edition

Dixie's Forgotten People, New Edition

The South's Poor Whites
Wayne Flynt
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/19/2004
Format: Paperback 21 b&w photos, 2 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21736-3
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2005 AAUP Public and Secondary School Library Selection

The best sort of introductory study... packed with enlightening information." —The Times Literary Supplement

Poor whites have been isolated from mainstream white Southern culture and have been in turn stereotyped as rednecks and Holy Rollers, discriminated against, and misunderstood. In their isolation, they have developed a unique subculture and defended it with a tenacity and pride that puzzles and confuses the larger society. Written 25 years ago, this book was one scholar’s attempt to understand these people and their culture. For this new edition, Wayne Flynt has provided a new retrospective introduction and an up-to-date bibliography.

Author Bio

Wayne Flynt is Distinguished Professor of History at Auburn University.


“Wayne Flynt may not have started the late—twentieth—century wave of historical research on postbellum Southern poor whites, but he was the first to catch it. In engaging and accessible prose Dixie's Forgotten People surveyed what was in 1979 a largely unknown landscape and laid out an agenda for research that is still not completed. Flynt’s retrospective introduction to this new edition is itself worth the price of the book.”
 — John Reed, University of North Carolina

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Original Edition
Introduction (2004)
1. The Invisible Poor: Toward a Definition of Southern Poor Whites
2. Dogtrots and Jack Tales: Toward a Definition of Poor White Culture
3. "Lint Heads" and "Diggers": The Forgotten People of the New South, 1865-1920
4. Progress and Poverty, Southern Style: The 1920s and 1930s
5. Southern Poverty Forgotten and Discovered—Again
6. Appalachian Spring—and Winter
7. "A time to weep, a time to laugh... "
Bibliographical Supplement (2004)