South to America Pdf Summary Reviews By Imani Perry

South to America Pdf Summary

An essential, surprising journey through the history, rituals, and landscapes of the American South—and a revelatory argument for why you must understand the South in order to understand America

We all think we know the South. Even those who have never lived there can rattle off a list of signifiers: the Civil War, Gone with the Wind, the Ku Klux Klan, plantations, football, Jim Crow, slavery. But the idiosyncrasies, dispositions, and habits of the region are stranger and more complex than much of the country tends to acknowledge. In South to America, Imani Perry shows that the meaning of American is inextricably linked with the South, and that our understanding of its history and culture is the key to understanding the nation as a whole.

This is the story of a Black woman and native Alabaman returning to the region she has always called home and considering it with fresh eyes. Her journey is full of detours, deep dives, and surprising encounters with places and people. She renders Southerners from all walks of life with sensitivity and honesty, sharing her thoughts about a troubling history and the ritual humiliations and joys that characterize so much of Southern life.

Weaving together stories of immigrant communities, contemporary artists, exploitative opportunists, enslaved peoples, unsung heroes, her own ancestors, and her lived experiences, Imani Perry crafts a tapestry unlike any other. With uncommon insight and breathtaking clarity, South to America offers an assertion that if we want to build a more humane future for the United States, we must center our concern below the Mason-Dixon Line. 


South to America Review


2.0 out of 5 stars Struggled to finish this book.

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 6, 2022

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The author is a professor at Princeton with a large vocabulary….and wants everyone to absolutely know it. She uses ridiculously complicated words (like drapetomania: the psychiatric condition of repeatedly running away to freedom.) to no purpose.

It took me a long time to finish this book (I could only handle 2 chapters at a time)….but, I was determined to try to discover her point. Sadly, I’m not sure I ever did. This is written more like a travelogue of her journey around the racist South with bits and pieces of history thrown in.

She seems to think that the reader must understand Southern white supremacy in order to understand all of “America”. I disagree. My thinking is that southern white supremacy is a phenomenon of the South which spreads around as people move around. And while “they” would LIKE to think it is everywhere I truly don’t believe that all of America is comprised of white supremest racists. Also, I recommend keeping a dictionary at hand while reading this book.


2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, bitter

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 1, 2022

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I struggled through this book. Parts were interesting but I was expecting a more historical perspective, not personal commentary. Her biased views were surprising. For example, the story about the taxi driver in Birmingham, who happens to be an older White man. She portrays the interaction as polite, and completely appropriate , yet she says she could “guess the words he wouldn’t say” to her face. She says she “tasted venom in her mouth when he spoke”. Again, she said he was respectful, but she assumes she knows what he is thinking. Is this because he is old, and white and southern?
Is her bias ok?

Anne W.

5.0 out of 5 stars It’s CRT softened to palpable … but real

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 3, 2022

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I’m a writer and a Southern white woman. I began reading this book for background material. I expected to breeze right through it, looking only for a particular point of view, historical information, and a specific opinion. What I found was knowledge, understanding, wisdom, insight, a sassy academic I’d like to have coffee with, and an impressive intellect. This is the first book that (probably) supports CRT that I’ve read that I can get through. I understand what she’s saying. I get it now. Thank you, Dr. Perry

About Imani Perry Author Of South to America pdf Book

imani perry
imani perry

Imani Perry Author Of South to America pdf Book is a professor of African American studies at Princeton, first appeared in print at age 3 in the Birmingham (Alabama) News in a photo of her and her parents at a protest against police brutality. She has published widely on topics ranging from racial inequality to hip-hop and is active across various media. She earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

South to America pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ecco (January 25, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062977407
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062977403
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.3 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.33 x 9 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #31,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #154 in Discrimination & Racism
  • #157 in Black & African American Biographies
  • #1,458 in Memoirs (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars    624 ratings

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