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This curious sense of separateness is one of the most stubbornly preserved Southern attitudes. The South, its historians say, stands apart from other American regions because of its peculiar history. History has been cruel to Southerners, has persistently dealt them deuces.
The South may be the last place where dying is still sometimes a community project.
To grow up female in the South is to inherit a set of directives that warp one for life, if they do not actually induce psychosis.
If the production of self-serving folklore qualified as an industry, the South would have been an industrial power since colonial times.
Anybody who grows up in the South may have to reckon, some time or another, with being born again.
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Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity.
November 16, 1934
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