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Seventeenth Annual Summer School: The New South

July 21 - July 26

$1046 – $1792


The War, Reconstruction, and the new status of the South as a conquered colony of the industrial North created something historians call the “New South.” The term suggests a radical break with the past. Ralph Waldo Emerson and other Northern elites hoped to transform the South through Yankee immigration, technology, ideas, and money into a Southern version of New England. Southerners struggled with great changes in labor and capital, race relations, manners, religion, education, and with a new vision of America that repudiated their understanding of the Founding. This forced upon them the existential question: “Who are we?”  Join us for a thoughtful discussion of the ways Southerners engaged this “New South” challenge.


Prof. James Kibler, “Post-War Reconstruction of the Southern Mind Through Education.”

Prof. Alphonse Vinh, “Haunted by The South. A Great French Writer and His Lifelong Southern Relationship.” And “Walker Percy: A Southern Physician Analyses the Maladies of His Region.”

Prof. Jack Trotter, “The Strange Career of Segregation.”

Dr. John Devanny, “Where the Grapes of Wrath are Stored:” The Reconstruction of Southern Religion, 1865‑1930. And “Southern Populism and the South’s Agrarian Identity”

Dr. Jonathan White, “Three Great Disfranchisements: 1861, 1865, 1867-70.”

Michael Martin, “Strom Thurmond, The Dixiecrats, and Southern Identity”

Prof. Carey Roberts, “The South in Retreat?”

Philip Leigh, “Southern Reconstruction: 1863 ‑ 1950.” And “Don’t Remove Confederate Statutes.”

Prof. Catharine Savage Brosman, “Postbellum Louisiana in Grace King’s Fiction: The New South?” And a reading of poems, include a series on Confederate Memorials: “‘Tear ‘Em Down’ and Resistance.”


St. Christopher Conference Center on the beach of beautiful Seabrook Island, SC. We will spend Wednesday visiting historic sights in Charleston. Cost for tuition, room, meals and continuous refreshments for five days is $1,046 (single) and $1,792 (double). Scholarships are available for college and graduate students who are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Livingston either by phone or email to register or for more information.

Should space at the conference center be filled, rooms are available at a short distance on  Seabrook and Kiawah Islands. In that case, the cost for tuition and meals for a double is $1,292 and $646 for a single. Tuition alone (with banquet on Wednesday in Charleston) is $460.  Simply “Google “Pelican Watch Seabrook Island” which is next to the conference site.


July 21
July 26
$1046 – $1792
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Don Livingston


St. Christopher Conference Center
2810 Seabrook Island Rd
Johns Island, SC 29455 United States
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