Good. No Jacket. Size: 5 3/4 X 8 5/8; FIRST EDITION STATED SIXTH PRINTING THUS MARCH 1962, Alfred A. Knopf. GOOD CONDITION/ NO DUST JACKET IS INCLUDED. USED. THIS IS AN EXLIB ITEM. Has the usual stamping and pocket detritus. Front flap of the dust jacket is pasted to front free endpaper. Here is the publisher's statement about this book: "From the earliest days the American South has been something apart in the United States-a section of the country with a marked personality of its own. Not only in its economic and social organization, but in the attitudes and interests of its people as well. In these pages, the product of years of the closest study and thought, a Southern journalist examines and interprets those ways which are characteristically Southern, the manner in which they arose, the reasons why they have survived through many decades of change, and their probable course in the future. He delves into the background of the original Southern settlers, the growth of the earliest aristocracy, the causes of the degeneration of many Southern inhabitants, the relationship between planter and poor white, and the attitude toward the Negro before the Civil War and afterwards, the causes and effects of romanticism, the appearance of violence as an instrument of legality, and many related questions. He [the author] explains, in short, the rise and meaning of a whole civilization-in the United States, and yet different in many significant respects from American civilization as a whole. To this extremely important work the author has brought a deep knowledge of economics, genealogy, institutional history, psychology and law. His approach is literary and imaginative rather than formally sociological or psychological, but it is none the less profoundly illuminating. The result is a book which casts a brilliant light on what ha heretofore been largely a dark and obscure aspect of our [American] history. " RARE/SCARCE/HARD TO FIND ITEM. Will ship from United States.
8vo. xi, , 429, , xv,  pp. Gray cloth, gilt lettering on spine (slight shelfwear, 1 very small puncture mark at foot of spine), w/ d.j. (minor chipping head & foot of spine, minor tears to corners, some dustsoiling), VG-/G-copy. First edition, stated, of this work now recognized as a ground-breaking work of social scholarship. The philosophy, temperament, and social customs of the South are brilliantly analyzed and interpreted, explaining how and why they developed. The author─˘s book describes the qualities of generosity, courtesy, loyalty, and swift action, juxtaposed against tremendous capacity for violence, intolerance, aversion and suspicion toward new ideas, an incapacity for analysis, and the Southerners tendency to act from feeling rather than thought. Cash (1900-1941) died within months after the publication of this book under suspicious circumstances in Mexico City.
W. J. Cash's The Mind of the South (1941) examines southern society and thought between colonial times and 1940. According to Cash, the role of the frontier is what influenced southern society and made the section different from other parts of the country. The South remained in the frontier stage for a large part of its ante-bellum history. The essence of the frontier is competition. This competitive spirit of the ruling class (which sought to tame the land and build plantations) and the nature of life on the frontier contributed to an intense individualism. The plantation system developed by the ruling class essentially perpetuated frontier conditions and individualism. The tradition of the old backcountry also contributed to an intense distrust of any exercise of authority.
Cash also develops the themes of the conflict with the Yankee and southern defensiveness on the issue of slavery. The will to victory over the Yankee led to the development of the southern passion for politics and rhetoric. The Civil War made southerners more self-conscious and unified than ever before. Cash asserts that during Reconstruction the South overcame the frontier that the Yankee tried to impose on the defeated Confederate states. To summarize, the role of the frontier, southern defensiveness, and the conflict with the Yankee are the dominant themes in The Mind of the South.
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