Southern Belle

TitleSouthern Belle
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsConkwright, Kathy, and Mary Makley
Running Time60 min
Date Released2010
DistributorITVS and Nashville Public Television
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

This documentary explores the Athenaeum Girls' School summer camp program, where young white teenage girls immerse themselves in the culture and idealized femininity of the Antebellum American South. Although the directors show their subjects objectively, their film reveals the ongoing culture of the "Lost Cause" in rewriting the history of the American Civil War, erasing discussions of race and slavery, and combatting modern feminism through the glorification of southern belles.

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