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Minstrelsy and Murder: The Crisis of Southern Humor, 1835-1925

by Silver, Andrew
Publisher: LSU Press
Retail Price: $42.95
Issue: Spring 2006
ISBN: 080713080X

The American South has long been thought of as being distinct place boasting an equally distinct approach to life. The latter is none more apparent than in the dark humor that Southerners adopted in the years after the Civil War. Stemming from the divisiveness and social anxieties that afflicted much of the post-war South, the traumatic yet comical wit of the region became a proud badge for writers like Mark Twain and further widened the cultural chasm that existed between Southerners and their fellow Americans.

review of Minstrelsy and Murder: The Crisis of Southern Humor, 1835-1925, by Silver, Andrew, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2006).