When Rebel Was Cool


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It was a time when many in the South were celebrating the centennial of the “Civil War.” Schools across the South made special efforts to teach lessons about the “War.” Southern States celebrated the heroism of its Confederate soldiers and in 1959 the last Confederate veteran died. President Eisenhower, Chairman of the Civil War Centennial Commission, noted the death as an occasion for national mourning. Confederate flags, tags and bumper stickers were common sights across Dixie.

It was also a time when many in the South were making strides towards a color-blind society, a society where people would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

It was a time when the Dixie Division was a part of the U.S. Army. A unit that proudly displayed its Confederate heritage. A time when the Confederate flag was proudly associated with Southern patriotism and fidelity to the U.S.A.; the country that had invaded and destroyed our Southern homeland.

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I. When My Memories Began

II. Growing Up in The Bible Belt

III. School Days in Dixie

IV. Breakfast in the Rural South

V. After-School Snacks

VI. Taking Guns to School

VII. Our Chores: Working the Farm

VIII. Which is Better: Man’s Wealth or God’s Wealth

IX. The War and the Origin of the Bible Belt

X. Our Family Remembered the War

XI. Uncle Frank Smith: Snake Handler and Country Philosopher

XII. Logging with Ox Teams

XIII. Hog-Killing Time: Meat for Supper Raised on the Farm

XIV. Plowing the Red Clay Hills of Mississippi

XV. The Dinner Bell: The Community’s 911 Call

XVI. The Ole Swimming Hole: Days Before Swimming Pools

XVII. Moving a Town on Ox Wagons

XVIII. TV Comes to the Rural South

XIX. Starvation– the Hungry South

XX. Sickness and Disease in the South

XXI. Photos

XXII. Making Do in Hard Times

XXIII. Race Relations in the Rural South

XXIV Howard Divinity: Copiah County’s Black Confederate

XXV. How to Speak Southern: Redneck Words and Phrases

XXVI. Epilogue: Thoughts in the Quiet of Twilight




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