Vietnam and the Southern Imagination

Vietnam and the Southern Imagination

Vietnam and the Southern Imagination

Vietnam and the Southern Imagination

Synopsis

A revealing look at how the new generation of southern writers links southern cultural heritage & the American experience in Vietnam.

Excerpt

For a little over a century, the South had ready access to knowledge not common to Americans at large: indelibly in the southern past stood a defeat in war. Southerners had this particular loss--the Civil War-- stamped on their record as a mark of uniqueness. the following study tracks the implications of this sense of southern uniqueness through the experience of the Vietnam War; but before getting to that matter, it must be recognized that other Americans, in some rather large demographic groups, have known their own kinds of defeat, in many ways equal to the experience of the South in the Civil War.

First on the list of American subgroups to know the impact of collective defeat would be the native Americans, who over the course of several centuries suffered the regular removal of both their dignity and their land-by trickery or by armed aggression--as a consequence of the westward movement of European settlers in the new world. While the settlement of the West was known widely to Americans and contributed powerfully to the mythic foundation of the United States, for many years the . . .

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