THE RESILENCE OF SOUTHERN IDENTITY: WHY THE SOUTH STILL MATTERS IN THE MINDS OF ITS PEOPLE

College of Charleston Faculty Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 5, Noon.
Addlestone Library Room 360
Dr. H. Gibbs Knotts, Professor of Political Science

Dr. H. Gibbs Knotts

The South is changing.  People are moving to the region at a very high rate.  Urbanization and suburbanization are occurring, particularly here in the Lowcountry.  In addition, one of the most powerful symbols of the Old South, the Confederate battle flag, was removed from the South Carolina statehouse grounds on July 10, 2015.  Given these changes, it is logical to conclude that southern identity would be decreasing as well.  However, the connection to the South remains strong and has evolved to include white and black southerners.  Dr. Knotts will discuss his new book and the evidence collected from surveys, interviews, and focus groups to explore the resilience of southern identity and the reasons why people still connect with the region. 

 Light Lunch Provided.

For more information about this series,  contact Jill Conway at conwayj@cofc.edu