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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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Reconstructing Southern Hospitality

Reconstructing Southern Hospitality

(p.147) Reconstructing Southern Hospitality
Witness to Reconstruction

Anthony Szczesiul

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the familiar marriage of Northern enterprise and Southern bloodlines in “Old Gardiston” and thereby establishes Woolson’s place in “Lost Cause” pitches and the postbellum appeal of resorts such as Virginia’s White Sulphur Springs, particularly in a leisured world dominated by Saratoga and Cape May. It assesses the white racial hegemony that was bolstered by the protocols of Southern hospitality, by class distinctions among whites (especially as hotel guests), and by the “foreignness” of a suddenly emancipated black population.

Keywords:   Constance Fenimore Woolson, Southern bloodlines, Northern enterprise, white racial hegemony

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