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John Shelton Reed Quotes

Theres an ethic that says: You dont run off to the church for the sacraments of salvation, you establish a personal relationship with God. You dont run off to the courts for justice, you settle it yourself. You dont run off to labor unions to sort out your work relations, you can take this job and shove it if you dont like what youre doing.
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The nature of the South is changing faster than the stereotypes are. Much of the South now looks like San Jose. Is it still southern?

— John Shelton Reed

I don't think massification and globalization and all those other 'izations' are necessarily hostile to regionalism.

— John Shelton Reed

Southerners smile more than other Americans.

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Why can I write 'South' with some assurance that you'll know I mean Richmond and don't mean Phoenix? What is it that the South's boundaries enclose?

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I think there's a suspicion in the South of people putting on airs. You see it in most successful Southern politicians, but you also see it in someone like Richard Petty, who may be a multimillionaire stock car driver, but he's also beloved because he has a nice self-deprecatory way about him.

— John Shelton Reed

The South: What is this place? What's different about it? Is it different anymore? Good questions. Old ones, too. People have been asking them for decades. Some of us even make our living by asking them, but we still don't agree about the answers.

— John Shelton Reed

I've occasionally wished I had Caller ID. Even telemarketers, I hate to hang up on them. I try to explain I'm not interested, but they have all these canned responses so I end up having to hang up on them anyway.

— John Shelton Reed

Southerners are also like ethnic groups in that they have a sense of group identity.

— John Shelton Reed

Dixie has just fallen to pieces. There are little patches of Dixie. But even in the heart of Dixie - in Alabama - Dixie is slipping. They've stopped using the word in commercial listings.

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But I still do believe that there are useful things to say about Elvis Presley, including what his own ordinariness as a poor Southerner says about 20th-century hero-making.

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I do believe states' rights was a sound doctrine that got hijacked by some unsavory customers for a while - like, 150 years or so. I'm professionally obliged to believe that knowledge is better than ignorance, but some kinds of forgetting are OK with me.

— John Shelton Reed

Every time I look at Atlanta I see what a quarter of a million Confederate soldiers died to prevent.

— John Shelton Reed

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