August 20, 1998
The Souths Biracial, Religious, and Political Traditions
CHARLESTON, S.C.When Angie LeClercq, director of The Citadels Daniel Library, asked Charles Cornwell to moderate a book club on best sellers, he agreed, but only if he could change the focus. At Cornwells request the theme became The Souths Biracial, Religious, and Political Traditions: What are They? Are We Losing Them?
Dr. Charles Cornwell is a former English professor and minister. He taught English at Davidson for fifteen years, and later he moved to Charleston where he was an associate pastor at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church. He is presently the senior editor at Wyrick Press (Charleston).
Cornwells theme was inspired by a book he was reading at the timePeter Applebomes Dixie Risingwhich delves into the changes of the new South and its influence on modern American society. Beginning with W.J. Cashs The Mind of the South and ending with Applebomes book, the reading list also includes Margaret Mitchells Gone With the Wind, William Faulkners Go Down, Moses, Richard Wrights Black Boy, and Ben Robertsons Red Hills and Cotton and will explore Southern traditions, the good and the bad, and their evolution in recent times.
Cornwell is looking forward to a diverse group and exciting discussions. The Friends of the Daniel Library Book Club will meet September 8, 22, October 13, 27, and November 10, 24 at the librarys William F. Prioleau Reading Room from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Copies of all books on the reading list will be on reserve in the library. Beverages and hors doeuvres will be served. For more information on joining the Friends Book Club, call (843) 953-7691.