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Witness to ReconstructionConstance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894$
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Kathleen Diffley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030253

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.001.0001

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“People Who Remember”

“People Who Remember”

The American South and Woolson’s Postbellum Sojourns

(p.3) “People Who Remember”
Witness to Reconstruction

Kathleen Diffley

University Press of Mississippi

Constance Fenimore Woolson offered an alternative and polyvocal account of Reconstruction gleaned from her extended sojourns and continuing Southern travels. During the 1870s and thereafter, she effectively opened a space for backwater listening, disintegrating social codes, and sustained literary endeavor, a quiet reckoning with sudden loss and even more sudden opportunity. This chapter sets out the book’s purpose—to examine the portrait Woolson painted of the South she saw. It also provides an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Constance Fenimore Woolson, American South, Reconstruction, Southern travels

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