A skillful editing job, which combines adroit selection of material, good in contemporary sources and sensitive writings years later, and a generous choice of the best of Southern writing. Hernett T. Kane, whose own long list of books about the South bear witness to his knowledge, understanding and love, has provided not only introductions to each of the main sections, but brief notes on the writers, the sources of their material, the period and regional setting, but has put the chose contributions into proper frame of reference. The sections break down as follows:- FINDERS AND FOUNDERS, FLUSH TIMES, EVER SOUTHWARD, EVER WESTWARD, ON THE BRAZOS, ANNERS IN A HIGH WIND, AN ERA HAD ENDED, AN ERA HAD BEGUN. The great names of the south in politics, in travel, in literature, are here -- and throughout the essential flavor, not overladen with roses and honeysuckle, comes through. Kane's own contributions are flavorful- but realistic. While not attempting to strip the south of her , he has shown her as she was, and as she is. This is a rich anthology, the second volume in the American Vista Series.