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The Deepest South of All

True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi

by Richard Grant

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The Deepest South of All by Richard Grant
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    Sep 2020, 288 pages

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Part travelogue, part historic accounting, Grant's book provides a distinct perspective on the legacy of American slavery while simultaneously encouraging readers to put a visit to Natchez on their bucket lists.

Author Richard Grant frequently uses his wanderlust to explore diverse stories that create a complex sense of place. Certainly Natchez, Mississippi proves worthy of close examination given its grim legacy of slavery on its once expansive cotton plantations. In The Deepest South of All, Grant reveals that Natchez is a paradox: a place where women still dress up in hoop skirts and give garden tours of antebellum homes, and also a place that is finally starting to search for ways to facilitate race relations. Many white Natchezians are beginning to acknowledge the travesty of these superficial tours, as well as the myopic history that has been told in Natchez to date.

Grant's stories of modern-day Natchez seem implausible at times. Warring factions of garden clubs plot against one another while mothers strategically position their toddlers to ultimately become the King or Queen of the ...

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