The Making of the American South: A Short History, 1500-1877 (Book Title)
This concise overview of the history and historiography of the American South puts the major problems and issues of that region into clear, accessible prose. Harris explores slavery and race relations, politics and economic developments, and changes in ideas and culture from the development of European outposts in the 16th Century through the aftermath of the Civil War in the period of Reconstruction. He emphasizes that “the South” was made over time, not born in 1607—that it was highly diverse region whose unity developed slowly and did not truly emerge before the conflicts over the fate of slavery after 1800. The Making of the American South: A Short History, 1500-1877(Non-Fiction, Blackwell Publishing, 2006, ISBN# 0631209646) is available at amazon.com.