The Old South, or Antebellum Era. Those words invoke visions of genteel elegance, southern belles in exquisite dresses with hoop skirts, leisure and hositality, and tea parties on the lawn amidst lush magnolias. Huge plantations with richly decorated mansions. Scarlett O'Hara.
But they also summon another vision, one of evil and cruelty. Slavery, war, slaughter, decay, poverty, greed and selfishness. Injustice. Inequality. A terrible period in our nation's history.The books listed in this section are all pertaining to this era, mostly the nineteenth century or before. They may be books written in that era about life in the Old South, or written afterword, using the Old South as a setting. Some authors, such as Kate Chopin, based all their books in this location. Others, such as Mark Twain, wrote in a variety of locations, but are known for their Old South stories. There are many fascinating books to explore the era of American history. Enjoy! ( Please note: According to Wikipedia, The Old South, geographically, only included Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. But culturally, the term referred to the Antebellum Era in general. For the purposes of this index page, I will use the term "Old South" to refer to any of the confederate states.) I have included images of all the Confederate state flags. You may mouse-over any one to see the state to which it belongs. Several states have two flags.