From semitropical coastal components to excessive mountain terrain, from swampy lowlands to fashionable towns, the surroundings holds a primary value in shaping the nature of the yankee South. This quantity of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture surveys the dynamic environmental forces that experience formed human tradition within the region--and the methods people have formed their atmosphere. Articles learn how the South's ecology, physiography, and weather have motivated southerners--not merely as a regular truth of existence but additionally as a metaphor for figuring out tradition and id.
This quantity comprises ninety-eight essays that explore--both commonly and specifically--elements of the southern atmosphere. Thematic overviews tackle topics reminiscent of crops, animals, power use and improvement, and common mess ups. Shorter topical entries characteristic frequent species reminiscent of the alligator, the ivory-billed woodpecker, kudzu, and the mockingbird. additionally coated are very important members in southern environmental background and well-known locations within the panorama, equivalent to the South's nationwide parks and beaches. New articles hide modern matters in land use and conservation, environmental defense, and the present prestige of the natural world commonly linked to the South.