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Williamson, Joel

Overview
Works: 22 works in 151 publications in 1 language and 12,488 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Interviewer, Editor
Classifications: E185.61, 305.896073075
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Joel Williamson
William Faulkner and southern history by Joel Williamson( Book )

31 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 1,689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of America's great novelists, William Faulkner was a writer deeply rooted in the American South. In works such as The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light In August, and Absalom, Absalom! Faulkner drew powerfully on Southern themes, attitudes, and atmosphere to create his own world and place - the mythical Yoknapatawpha County - peopled with quintessential Southerners such as the Compsons, Sartorises, Snopes, and McCaslins. Indeed, to a degree perhaps unmatched by any other major twentieth-century novelist, Faulkner remained at home and explored his own region - the history and culture and people of the South. Now, in William Faulkner and Southern History, one of America's most acclaimed historians of the South, Joel Williamson, weaves together a perceptive biography of Faulkner himself, an astute analysis of his works, and a revealing history of Faulkner's ancestors in Mississippi - a family history that becomes, in Williamson's skilled hands, a vivid portrait of Southern culture itself. Williamson provides an insightful look at Faulkner's ancestors, a group sketch so brilliant that the family comes alive almost as vividly as in Faulkner's own fiction. Indeed, his ancestors often outstrip his characters in their colorful and bizarre nature. Williamson has made several discoveries: the Falkners (William was the first to spell it "Faulkner") were not planter, slaveholding "aristocrats"; Confederate Colonel Falkner was not an unalloyed hero, and he probably sired, protected, and educated a mulatto daughter who married into America's mulatto elite; Faulkner's maternal grandfather Charlie Butler stole the town's money and disappeared in the winter of 1887-1888, never to return. Equally important, Williamson uses these stories to underscore themes of race, class, economics, politics, religion, sex and violence, idealism and Romanticism - "the rainbow of elements in human culture"--That reappear in Faulkner's work. He also shows that, while Faulkner's ancestors were no ordinary people, and while he sometimes flashed a curious pride in them, Faulkner came to embrace a pervasive sense of shame concerning both his family and his culture. This he wove into his writing, especially about sex, race, class, and violence - psychic and otherwise. William Faulkner and Southern History represents an unprecedented publishing event - an eminent historian writing on a major literary figure. By revealing the deep history behind the art of the South's most celebrated writer, Williamson evokes new insights and deeper understanding, providing anyone familiar with Faulkner's great novels with a host of connections between his work, his life, and his ancestry
The crucible of race : black/white relations in the American South since emancipation by Joel Williamson( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 1,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Black/White Relations in the American South since Emancipation". Winner of the Parkman Prize of The Society of American Historians
After slavery : the Negro in South Carolina during Reconstruction, 1861-1877 by Joel Williamson( Book )

32 editions published between 1965 and 2004 in English and held by 1,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New people : miscegenation and mulattoes in the United States by Joel Williamson( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 1995 in English and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New People is an insightful analysis of the miscegenation of American whites and blacks from colonial times to the present, of the "new people" produced by these interracial relationships, and of the myriad ways miscegenation has affected our national culture. Because the majority of American blacks are of mixed ancestry, and because mulattoes and pure blacks ultimately combined their cultural heritages, what begins in the colonial period as mulatto history and culture ends in the twentieth century as black history and culture. Thus, exploring the history of the mulatto becomes one way of understanding something of the experience of the African American. Williamson traces the fragile lines of color and caste that have separated mulattoes, blacks, and whites throughout history and speculates on the effect that the increasing ambiguity of those lines will have on the future of American society
The origins of segregation by Joel Williamson( Book )

12 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A rage for order : Black/White relations in the American South since emancipation by Joel Williamson( Book )

12 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of race relations, examines changing public attitudes, and tells the stories of those involved in Civil Rights movement
Elvis Presley : a southern life by Joel Williamson( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, one of the most admired Southern historians of our time takes on one of the greatest cultural icons of all time. The result is a masterpiece: a vivid, gripping biography, set against the rich backdrop of Southern society--indeed, American society--in the second half of the twentieth century."--Book jacket
The Negro in South Carolina during Reconstruction, 1861-1877 by Joel Williamson( )

6 editions published between 1964 and 1993 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Faulkner and southern culture by Joel Williamson( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Out of the Garden : William Faulkner and Southern History by Joel Williamson( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New people by Joel Williamson( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rage for Order: Black by Joel Williamson( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conserving water in your landscape by Gary Forrester( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Crucible of Race: Black by Joel Williamson( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Toward a new economics by Joel Williamson( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Tom Dixon by Joel Williamson( )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The soul is fled : presented, Tuesday, March 15, 1984, Millsaps College, Recital Hall by Joel Williamson( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The disruption of state government in South Carolina during the Magrath administration by Joel Williamson( )

1 edition published in 1951 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Oral history interview with Robert Coles, October 24, 1974 : interview B-0002, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Robert Coles( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Coles is a child psychiatrist and writer at Harvard University. While much of his professional career was based at Harvard, Coles spent most of the 1960s and 1970s living in Georgia and devoted considerable attention to studying minority children. Perhaps best known for his five-volume series Children of Crisis, Coles contributed significantly to the emerging field of oral history during his years in the South. The interview is in the form of a discussion between Robert Coles and a group of University of North Carolina professors and students. The interview is especially geared towards a discussion of Coles's thoughts on the developing methodologies of oral history, particularly as they relate to the use of tape recorders. Coles argues that he increasingly used tape recorders in order to appear more "scientific" in his research; however, he expresses reluctance about the use of such technology, arguing that it was more effective to spend considerable time with interviewees in order to better understand their experiences. In so doing, Coles argues that the purpose of oral history should strive to go beyond understanding the experiences of others in order to promote social change. Throughout the interview, Coles offers numerous examples of his own work with African Americans and other minority groups, especially migrant workers, in order to illustrate his own approach to oral history and its academic purposes. Coles also speaks more broadly about himself as a writer, often drawing comparisons between the work of academic writers and creative writers such as William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. Researchers interested in the institutional evolution of academia during the 1970s will be particularly interested in this interview
 
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William Faulkner and southern history
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Williamson, Joel

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The crucible of race : black/white relations in the American South since emancipationAfter slavery : the Negro in South Carolina during Reconstruction, 1861-1877New people : miscegenation and mulattoes in the United StatesA rage for order : Black/White relations in the American South since emancipationWilliam Faulkner and southern culture