Dixie: A Personal Odyssey Through Events That Shaped the Modern South  -     By: Curtis Wilkie
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Dixie: A Personal Odyssey Through Events That Shaped the Modern South

Simon & Schuster / 2002 / Paperback

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In this riveting political and social history of the American South during the second half of the twentieth century, acclaimed journalist Curtis Wilkie tells the story of a region and a man, himself, intimately transformed by racial and political upheavals. In 1969, in the wake of the violence surrounding the civil rights movement, Wilkie left the South and vowed never to live there again. But after traveling the world as a reporter, he returned in 1993, drawn by a deep-rooted affinity with the territory of his youth. Here, he endeavors to make sense of the enormous changes that have convulsed the South for more than four decades. Through vivid recollections of landmark events, Dixie becomes both a striking eyewitness account of history and an unconventional tale of redemption full of beauty, humor, and pathos.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0684872862
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In this riveting political and social history of the American South during the second half of the twentieth century, acclaimed journalist Curtis Wilkie tells the story of a region and a man -- himself -- intimately transformed by racial and political upheavals. In 1969, in the wake of the violence surrounding the civil rights movement, Wilkie left the South and vowed never to live there again. But after traveling the world as a reporter, he returned in 1993, drawn by a deep-rooted affinity with the territory of his youth. Here, he endeavors to make sense of the enormous changes that have convulsed the South for more than four decades. Through vivid recollections of landmark events, Dixie becomes both a striking eyewitness account of history and an unconventional tale of redemption full of beauty, humor, and pathos.

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Michael A. Ross The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) Limber prose, self-deprecating wit, and firsthand knowledge of southern politics and society make Dixie a gratifying book.
Jonathan Yardley The Washington Post Wilkie's tale ends on a grace note: not merely reconciliation with his native South but a grateful return to it.

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