The New Mind of the South

The New Mind of the South

By Tracy Thompson

Free Press, Paperback, 9781439158470, 271pp.

Publication Date: March 18, 2014

Investigative journalist Tracy Thompson spent years traveling throughout the South and discovered a place both amazingly similar to and radically different from the land she knew as a child. African Americans who left en masse for much of the twentieth century are returning in huge numbers, drawn back by a mix of ambition, family ties, and cultural memory. Though Southerners remain more churchgoing than other Americans, the evan-gelical Protestantism that defined Southern culture through the 1960s has been torn by bitter ideological schisms. Drawing on mountains of data, interviews, and a whole new set of historic archives, Thompson reveals the true character of a region still misunderstood by outsiders and even by its own people.

About the Author
Tracy Thompson is a freelance journalist and the author of The Beast: A Journey Through Depression. She lives in suburban Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.