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Leaving the South: Border Crossing Narratives and the Remaking of Southern Identity

Mary Weaks-Baxter


Millions of Southerners left the South in the 20th Century in a mass migration that has had a lasting impact on the U.S. Leaving the South focuses on narratives by and about those who left and how those narratives challenged concepts of Southern nationhood and remade how Southernness is interpreted and represented. Identifying “the South” as an idea, this study works under the assumption that because borders are social constructs, movements of people across borders are controlled not only by physical barriers, but also by the narratives that define that movement. Framed with a look back to the ... More

Keywords: Southern nationhood, Border, Narrative, Southern history, Migration, Walls

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781496819598
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496819598.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Weaks-Baxter, author
Rockford University