Book Reviews The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson. By William E. Leuchtenburg. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005. Pp. xi, 668.) In recent years, historians have begun to break the hold that the "Holy Trinity" of social historyrace, class, and genderhas had on American history since the cultural revolution of the 1960s by beginning to address the significance of "place." Southern historians, in particular, have sought to understand how "personal and cultural identity" is connected to "place identity" and regionalism (4). Arguing that, with the onset of the "social history movement," political history took a backseat, eminent historian and "honorary Southerner" William Leuchtenburg has written a social/political history which uses place as a way to illuminate the presidencies of three pseudo-southerners: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Drawing on a wealth of sources, both primary and secondary (found in both the North and the South), Leuchtenburg has written a welcome addition to studies that address the significance of place in American history. The book is divided into three main sections devoted to each of the three presidents. Leuchtenburg includes a prologue which outlines the significance
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