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Louisiana, Yesterday and Today A Historical Guide to the State (review)

Louisiana, Yesterday and Today A Historical Guide to the State (review) base constituencies. But Carter's purpose in this book is not only to review turning points and defining moments. It is also to spotlight and analyze the "subde shifts in the public rhetoric about race within the context of a more general debasement of the culture of American politics." He adds his strong voice, a blend of reason and passion, to the cry against incivility, shallowness, and carelessness with truth that afflict American discourse. "Creating a bipolar political system of good and evil, right and wrong, inevitably invites higher levels of voter frustration and anger," he writes, "for such imperatives place upon the political system impossible demands." Debate, if you will, with Carter over whether Wallace formed or reflected a dramatic political shift, but give this historian credit for clanging an alarm about today's political ill-temper. Louisiana, Yesterday and Today A Historical Guide to the State By John Wilds, Charles L. Dufour, and Walter G. Cowan Louisiana State University Press, 1 996 304 pp. Cloth, $24.95; paper, $12.95 Reviewed by George 8. Lenslng, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of essays on southern poets Randall Jarrell, James Dickey, and James Applewhite. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Louisiana, Yesterday and Today A Historical Guide to the State (review)

Southern Cultures , Volume 3 (4) – Jan 4, 1997

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base constituencies. But Carter's purpose in this book is not only to review turning points and defining moments. It is also to spotlight and analyze the "subde shifts in the public rhetoric about race within the context of a more general debasement of the culture of American politics." He adds his strong voice, a blend of reason and passion, to the cry against incivility, shallowness, and carelessness with truth that afflict American discourse. "Creating a bipolar political system of good and evil, right and wrong, inevitably invites higher levels of voter frustration and anger," he writes, "for such imperatives place upon the political system impossible demands." Debate, if you will, with Carter over whether Wallace formed or reflected a dramatic political shift, but give this historian credit for clanging an alarm about today's political ill-temper. Louisiana, Yesterday and Today A Historical Guide to the State By John Wilds, Charles L. Dufour, and Walter G. Cowan Louisiana State University Press, 1 996 304 pp. Cloth, $24.95; paper, $12.95 Reviewed by George 8. Lenslng, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of essays on southern poets Randall Jarrell, James Dickey, and James Applewhite.

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 4, 1997

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