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Creating and Consuming the American South$
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Martyn Bone, Brian Ward, and William A. Link

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060699

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060699.001.0001

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From Appalachian Folk to Southern Foodways

From Appalachian Folk to Southern Foodways

Why Americans Look to the South for Authentic Culture

(p.27) 1 From Appalachian Folk to Southern Foodways
Creating and Consuming the American South

W. Fitzhugh Brundage

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes how the interest in and romance of “authenticity” fed an evolving fascination with the southern culture during the twentieth century. At the beginning of the century Americans looked to southern culture, especially music, foodways, and folk culture, to affirm purportedly primordial, innate, and enduring divisions among the nation’s people. Later in the century “authentic” southern culture was held up as evidence of the enrichment of American life that results from pervasive cultural exchange across economic, racial, and social divides.

Keywords:   Music, Foodways, Authenticity, Culture, Appalachia, Blues

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