Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History

Edited by Karen L. Cox

Details: 328 pages    6.125 x 9.25
Cloth: $74.95   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-4237-4   
Paper: $26.95   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-6026-2   
Pubdate: 12/4/2012
Review(s): 11 available


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"Leads us to the important conclusion that heritage tourism is about how people put their selves and their histories into the public eye and the conflicts of representation that arise."--Erve Chambers, author of Native Tours: The Anthropology of Travel and Tourism

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.

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

Other KAREN COX Books

Dixie's Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confed

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