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Souvenirs of the Old SouthNorthern Tourism and Southern Mythology$
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Rebecca Cawood McIntyre

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036953

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036953.001.0001

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True Relics of the Old South

True Relics of the Old South

Slave Stereotypes and Tourism

(p.99) 4 True Relics of the Old South
Souvenirs of the Old South

Rebecca Cawood McIntyre

University Press of Florida

Images associated with slavery in their own peculiar way made the South a more distinctive vacation spot. These images cleared a path for sectional reconciliation by tightening the bonds between the Yankee side and the Confederate side on the basis of white supremacy. Thus the whites' sense of racial superiority had survived the tumult of war and emancipation. In this proliferation of demeaning black stereotypes, tourist promoters hardly added anything original to the elements of racism in the United States, but in capitalizing on prevailing racial views, they did reveal how a deep racism had permeated American culture. In their own way, tourist promoters nurtured a climate in which racial separation would soon seem not only acceptable but also perfectly natural as they made African Americans souvenirs of an Old South, marginalizing blacks and the region as a whole while making African Americans and their culture safe for American consumption.

Keywords:   slavery, South, white supremacy, whites, stereotypes, racism, United States, African Americans, Old South, blacks

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