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PLUs; anschluss

Posted by ESC on September 10, 2001

PLUs -- In a review of "The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War 1760s-1880s" (University of North Carolina Press) by Bertram Wyatt-Brown, reviewer Thomas T. Noland Jr. wrote, ".(the author) explores the paradox that honor and grace were not meant for everybody in the antebellum South, but only for 'PLUs' -- people like us, white and well-born."

Noland also writes, "The role of honor, grace and violence in the shaping of Southern culture continues to survive, despite the dispiriting 'anschluss' of Wal-Marts, Piggly Wigglys and golf courses."

What is "anschluss"?