By Karen L. Cox
Once upon a time, it used to be most unlikely to force during the South with no discovering indicators to “See Rock urban” or comparable vacationer points of interest. From battlegrounds to birthplaces, and websites in among, historical past tourism has continuously been a part of how the South draws visitors—and defines itself—yet such websites are usually understudied within the scholarly literature.
because the members to this quantity clarify, the narrative of southern heritage instructed at those websites is usually complex through race, motivated by means of neighborhood politics, and formed by way of competing thoughts. incorporated are essays at the meanings of recent Orleans cemeteries; Stone Mountain, Georgia; ancient Charleston, South Carolina; Yorktown nationwide Battlefield; Selma, Alabama, as locus of the civil rights flow; and the houses of Mark Twain, Margaret Mitchell, and different notables.
Destination Dixie reveals that history tourism within the South is ready greater than simply advertising and marketing locations and filling resort rooms; it cuts to the guts of the way southerners search to form their id and photograph for a broader traveling public—now usually made from northerners and southerners alike.
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Throughout this chapter I refer to Samuel Clemens by his popular pen name, Mark Twain. Although scholars still debate which name is most appropriate, tourists are always looking for Mark Twain or Tom Sawyer when they come to his house in Hannibal. 2. Twain did not disabuse them of this idea. Many of his works were autobiographical, and he encouraged a connection between his past and his writing. For the work of Twain and his biography, please see the introduction in Mark Twain and Michael J. Kiskis, Mark Twain’s Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review, Wisconsin Studies in American Autobiography (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1990).
Photograph courtesy of Seth C. ) characters in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and historical persons in Hannibal. ” The 1934 signs labeling Becky Thatcher’s house and Tom Sawyer’s fence are still outside. People still look for Tom Sawyer’s bedroom. Upstairs, in the boyhood home, they can still ﬁnd it, but Mark Twain is there too. Visitors ﬁnd them both on display there. ” Meanwhile, just over Mark Twain’s white plaster shoulder, a life-sized color-cutout of 36 One Hundred Years of Tom Sawyer at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home a boy, whom we can only interpret as Tom Sawyer, is readying himself to climb out of the bedroom window.
Someone added a small pallet in the kitchen of the boyhood home, which might have gone unnoticed to most visitors. The pallet indicated to visitors “searching for Jim” that the household (whether Twain’s or Sawyer’s) may have included at least one slave. 58 Perhaps the most impressive result of Fishkin’s work was that, after reading her book, a local attorney, Terrell Dempsey, who had noticed the whitewashing of local history and the slave pallet’s brief stay in the kitchen at the boyhood home house museum, set out to recover the history of slavery in Hannibal.