Ever wonder how the moonlight and magnolia image of the South became so embedded in popular culture? Then maybe you would like to read my book Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture, published in 2011 by UNC Press.
Learn about how northern advertising agencies, publishers, Hollywood, and even the musicians of Tin Pan Alley helped to cement an image of the South as the pastoral region of romance, plantations, southern belles, and faithful mammies.
“A fascinating book.” — Against the Grain
“Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students general readers.” — Choice
“Cox’s engaging and wonderfully illustrated book serves as a much-needed challenge to historians to pursue further interdisciplinary study of the American South in popular culture and would also be of interest to scholars interested in consumerism, tourism, and the intersections between regionalism and national identity.” — The Southern Register
“The book is beautifully illustrated from archival documents and from the author’s large personal collection of sheet music covers and advertisements. . . . well researched and documented.” — Cercles