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Born In The Delta: Reflections On The Making Of A Southern White Sensibility Margaret Jones Bolsterli

Born In The Delta: Reflections On The Making Of A Southern White Sensibility

Margaret Jones Bolsterli

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ISBN : 9780870496905
Hardcover
132 pages
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In this gracefully written memoir, Margaret Jones Bolsterli recounts her experiences as a lively, observant girl coming of age on an Arkansas cotton farm during the 1930s and 1940s. The Mississippi Rivers broad, flat floodplain provides the settingMoreIn this gracefully written memoir, Margaret Jones Bolsterli recounts her experiences as a lively, observant girl coming of age on an Arkansas cotton farm during the 1930s and 1940s. The Mississippi Rivers broad, flat floodplain provides the setting for her vivid strokes of memory and history, each portraying key elements of the southern sensibility. Bolsterlis themes include the southerners strong sense of place, the penchant for stories rather than true dialog, a caste system based on formality and race, the underlying current of violence, and the repressive function of evangelical religion. She also examines manners, the patriarchal family structure, the southern belle concept, and the persistence of the memory of the Civil War. Comparable to Shirley Abbotts Womenfolks, Born in the Delta is a valuable resource for those interested in southern history and culture, as well as for readers who just enjoy a good story, well-told.