Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History

Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History

by Karen L. Cox

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Once upon a time, it was impossible to drive through the South without coming across signs to “See Rock City” or similar tourist attractions. From battlegrounds to birthplaces, and sites in between, heritage tourism has always been part of how the South attracts visitors—and defines itself—yet such sites are often understudied in the scholarly literature.

            As the contributors to this volume make clear, the narrative of southern history told at these sites is often complicated by race, influenced by local politics, and shaped by competing memories. Included are essays on the meanings of New Orleans cemeteries; Stone Mountain, Georgia; historic Charleston, South Carolina; Yorktown National Battlefield;  Selma, Alabama, as locus of the civil rights movement; and the homes of Mark Twain, Margaret Mitchell, and other notables.

            Destination Dixie reveals that heritage tourism in the South is about more than just marketing destinations and filling hotel rooms; it cuts to the heart of how southerners seek to shape their identity and image for a broader touring public—now often made up of northerners and southerners alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813063645
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 03/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Karen L. Cox is professor of history at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte and the author of Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture and Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 People & Places

1 Persistence of Fiction: One Hundred Years of Tom Sawyer at die Mark Twain Boyhood Home Hilary Iris Lowe 17

2 From "Lawrence Comity Negro" to National Hero: The Commemoration of Jesse Owens in Alabama Barclay Key 49

3 Saving "The Dump": Race and die Restoration of the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta Kathleen Clark 69

4 "A Tradition-Conscious Cotton City": (East) Tupelo, Mississippi, Birthplace of Elvis Presley Michael T. Bertrand 87

Part 2 Race & Slavery

5 "History as Tourist Bait": Inventing Somerset Place State Historic Site, 1939-1969 Alisa Y. Harrison 113

6 "Is It Okay to Talk about Slaves?" Segregating the Past in Historic Charleston Ethan J. Kytle Blain Roberts 137

7 Selling the Civil Rights Movement through Black Political Empowerment in Selma, Alabama Glenn T. Eskew 160

Part 3 War & Remembrance

8 "Challenging the Interest and Reverence of all Patriotic Americans": Preservation and the Yorktown National Battlefield Sarah M. Goldberger 185

9 Calhoun County, Alabama: Confederate Iron Furnaces and the Remaking of History John Walker Davis Jennifer Lynn Gross 204

10 A Monument to Many Souths: Tourists Experience Southern Distinctiveness at Stone Mountain J. Vincent Lowery 223

Part 4 Landscape & Memory

11 Dead but Delightful: Tourism and Memory in New Orleans Cemeteries Anthony J. Stanonis 247

12 Tourism, Landscape, and History in die Great Smoky Mountains National Park Richard D. Starnes 267

13 Authenticity for Sale: The Everglades, Seminole Indians, and the Construction of a Pay-Per-View Culture Andrew K. Frank 285

Contributors 301

Index 303

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