THE SOUTHERNIZATION OF AMERICA: A STORY OF DEMOCRACY IN THE BALANCE
ABOUT THE BOOK
In 1974 John Egerton published his seminal work, "The Americanization of Dixie". Pulitzer Prize-winner Cynthia Tucker and award-winning author Frye Gaillard carry Egerton's thesis forward in "The Southernization of America", a compelling series of linked essays considering the role of the South in shaping America's current political and cultural landscape. They dive deeper, examining the morphing of the Southern strategy of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan into the Republican Party of today, the racial backlash against President Obama, family separation on our southern border, the rise of the Christian right, the white supremacist riots in Charlottesville, the death of George Floyd, and the attack on our nation's capitol. They find hope in the South too, a legacy rooted in the civil rights years that might ultimately lead the nation on the path to redemption. Tucker and Gaillard bring a multiracial perspective and years of political reporting to bear on a critical moment in American history, a time of racial reckoning and democracy under siege.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Frye Gaillard is an award-winning journalist with more than thirty published works on Southern history and culture, including "Watermelon Wine" ; "Cradle of Freedom": "Alabama and the Movement that Changed America" ; "The Books That Mattered: A Reader's Memoir" ; "Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family's Civil War Letters" ; "Go South to Freedom" ; "A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost"; and "The Slave Who Went to Congress" . "A Hard Rain" was selected as one of NPR's Best Books of 2018. Writer-in-residence at the University of South Alabama, he is also John Egerton Scholar in Residence at the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. He is the winner of the Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction Writing, the Lillian Smith Book Award, and the Eugene Current-Garcia Award For Distinction in Literary Scholarship. In 2019, Gaillard was awarded the Alabama Governor's Arts Award for his contributions to literature.