Contemporary Southern Identity: Community through by Rebecca Bridges Watts

By Rebecca Bridges Watts

In modern Southern id Rebecca Bridges Watts explores the results of 4 public controversies approximately Southern identity--debates concerning the accomplice flag in South Carolina, the gender integration of the Virginia army Institute, the show of public artwork in Richmond, and Trent Lott's debatable reviews relating to Strom Thurmond's 1948 segregationist presidential bid. whereas such debates might function proof of the South's "battle over the past," they could then again be noticeable as harbingers of a altering South. those controversies spotlight the range of voices within the dialog of what it ability to be a Southerner. The contributors in those conflicts might disagree approximately what Southern identification might be, yet all of them agree that such discussions are an important a part of being Southern. fresh debates as to where of outdated South symbols and associations within the South of the recent millennium are facts of a altering order. yet a altering South isn't any much less detailed. If Southerners can locate cohesion and uniqueness of their identity, they could also be in a position to function a version for the more and more divided usa. The very debates portrayed within the mass media as facts of an "Unfinished Civil conflict" can in its place be interpreted as evidence that the South has improved and is having a standard discussion as to what its diversified individuals wish it to be.

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They learn these principles through such tactics as “running . . for an hour or more in military formation, in fatigue uniforms, carrying rifles— Gender Integration at the Virginia Military Institute 23 Rat Kim Herbert from Herndon, Virginia, flanked by two of her Brother Rats from B Company, sounds off on August 20, 1997, as a member of the Cadre leans over her shoulder. Courtesy Richmond Times-Dispatch. double time,” doing chores for their mentors, or “dykes,” and attending “sweat parties” in which cadets are awakened in the middle of the night and herded en masse into a dark, steam-filled shower room.

The other was a battle for a state’s right to determine what kind of education it should offer its citizens—in particular, whether it was legal to give just one of the sexes access to social power and privilege through a publicly funded singlesex education. While VMI’s Civil War exploits are central to its identity as a school rooted deeply in Southern tradition, there is more to VMI’s Southern identity than the enduring legend of the New Market cadets and the enduring legacy of the gentlemen who have gone before.

Certain behavior cannot be repressed without unraveling the entire patchwork of 40 Gender Integration at the Virginia Military Institute Barracks life. The amplitudes of these extremes would be reduced. . VMI would evolve into an ordinary school. . ” Even a 1962 alumnus, Josef D. ” No. 3 was, “WELL . . YOU KNOW,” and No. ”34 The admission of women thus significantly decreased the omnipresence of the all-seeing authority. The system of mystified social authority thus became less effective.

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