Mencken led the attack on the genteel custom in American literature, ridiculing the provincialism of American intellectual life. This created a storm of protest from inside conservative circles in the South. Many rising Southern writers, however, already extremely important of up to date life in the South, were emboldened by Mencken’s essay.
Southern Renaissance writers broke from this custom by addressing three major themes of their works. The first was the burden of historical past in a spot where many individuals still personally remembered slavery, Reconstruction, and a devastating navy defeat. The second was the South’s conservative tradition, specifically addressing how a person may exist without losing a way of identification in a region where family, religion, and neighborhood were more highly valued than one’s personal and social life. The last theme was the South’s troubling historical past with regard to racial points.
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