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Destination DixieTourism and Southern History$
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Karen L. Cox

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042374

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042374.001.0001

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A Monument to Many Souths

A Monument to Many Souths

Tourists Experience Southern Distinctiveness at Stone Mountain

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Destination Dixie

J. Vincent Lowery

University Press of Florida

Located just outside Atlanta, Stone Mountain, the penultimate monument to the Lost Cause, attracts close to five million visitors annually. While other essays on this monument talk about its early development, J. Vincent Lowery’s essay offers an expanded analysis of the larger Stone Mountain Park. As Lowery demonstrates, race and even the Lost Cause are overshadowed by the nostalgic interpretations proffered by “Crossroads,” the replicated nineteenth-century southern town on the grounds of the park. In fact, visitors to the park are more likely to experience the romance of the Old South as the park’s owners seek to offer an experience of America’s pastoral and idyllic past.

Keywords:   Stone Mountain, Stone Mountain Park, “Crossroads”, Atlanta, Georgia, Nineteenth Century, Lost Cause, Old South, nostalgia, interpretation, race

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