The South in Modern America is a study of regional exceptionalism in modern America. It addresses the themes of regional conflict, compromise, and accommodation between the people of the North and the South as they have been played out in Congress, in national elections, in the struggle for economic advantage, and in the media.
Grantham (history, Vanderbilt U.) observes that at the end of Reconstruction the South was the nation's poorest, most isolated, and most "distinctive" region. This study is concerned with post-Reconstruction South and its interaction with the rest of the nation, in particular: sectional conflict; compromise and accommodation in the relationship between North and South; regional convergence attributed to such compromise; and regional specificity of the South. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.