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Remembering DixieThe Battle to Control Historical Memory in Natchez, Mississippi, 1865-1941$
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Susan T. Falck

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496824400

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496824400.001.0001

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The Battle of the Hoopskirts

The Battle of the Hoopskirts

The Ladies Go to Court

(p.211) Chapter Six The Battle of the Hoopskirts
Remembering Dixie

Susan T. Falck

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter details the courtroom battle that erupted in 1941 between the Natchez Garden Club and Pilgrimage Garden Club, dubbed by the media as “The Battle of the Hoopskirts.” The dispute began when the rival clubs clashed over overlapping home tour schedules. But much more was at stake than a heated court hearing to determine tour dates. The clubwomen of Natchez were battling for the control and spoils of their town’s cultural image. The issue was not so much a differing definition of the past as much as a conflict over who would control the presentation of that past and the marked differences in lifestyles and ideals that polarized the warring factions. The opposing clubs agreed on the end product—a highly romanticized, whitewashed image of the Old South mirrored by popular culture of the era but differed on the management of that past as a marketable commodity.

Keywords:   Battle of the Hoopskirts, Natchez Pilgrimage, Natchez Garden Club, Pilgrimage Garden Club, Court

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