Dolly’s Version Of North Vs. South

Aisha Harris visited Miss Parton’s Civil War-themed dinner theater: ‘Dolly’s “Dixie Stampede” has been a success not just because people love Dolly Parton, but because the South has always been afforded the chance to rewrite its own history—not just through its own efforts, but through the rest of the country turning a blind eye. Even though the South is built upon the foundation of slavery, a campy show produced by a well-meaning country superstar can make-believe it’s not. We’d prefer to pretend, to let our deepest sins be transmuted into gauzy kitsch—and no one blinks an eye because that’s what they truly want.’

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