SC 11.1-Griffin 1/5/05 11:54 AM Page 6 ...................... by Larry J. Grifﬁn, Ranae J. Evenson, and Ashley B. Thompson For much of its history, the South has been seen as “a white man’s country,” and to be southern meant being white. Sheet music cover (1915), courtesy of the Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 6 SC 11.1-Griffin 1/5/05 11:54 AM Page 7 or most of its history, the South, in the unforgettable words of southern-born Yale historian U. B. Phillips, was “a white man’s country,” and so “southerners”—the possessors, creators, and rightful heirs of the region—naturally were thought to be white. F Others, very large numbers of others of all colors and many faiths, of course, resided in Dixie and contributed to transforming what might otherwise have been simply the lower right quadrant of the United States into “the South”: African Americans since the early 1600s, Native Americans before that, Chinese and Hispanics by the nineteenth century. They, though, were in the region; they were not of it. To be of it—to be “southern” in a “white man’s” South—one had to be white. Or so it was understood by whites in
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Feb 28, 2005
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