The Southern Mystique

The Southern Mystique — The South has long been surrounded in mystique. In this powerful volume, drawing on Zinn’s own experiences teaching in the South and working within the Southern civil rights movement, Zinn challenges the stereotypes surrounding the South, race relations, and how change happens in history. With a new introduction from the author. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by Knopf 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964; Touchstone 1972; South End Press, 2002; Haymarket Books, 2013.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction • p. 3
  • PART ONE:  Is the Southern White Unfathomable? • p. 15
  • PART TWO: The “Mysterious” Negro • p. 87
  • PART THREE: Albany, Georgia: Ghost in the Cage • p. 145
  • PART FOUR: The South as a Mirror • p. 215