Southern Cultures

Journal covering the history, politics, folklore, art, literature and social structure of the Southern U.S.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 2, Summer

Back to Branson: Normalcy and Nostalgia in the Ozarks. (Not Forgotten)
In 1920 Warren Harding won the presidency after an early campaign speech advocating, among other things, a nostalgic and undefined return to "normalcy," a reference to the McKinley administration of 1900 that Harding felt looked like his America. The...
Front Porch
It's possible to argue that traditional southern identities were all invented by aggressive regional nostalgia. The very tide of Gone with the Wind speaks volumes about its message. And think about "Dixie," the once-more embattled marching song that...
Is Britney Beloved in 'Bama? (Letters to the Editor)
We often get mail by accident. At least, we think it's by accident. The most recent example to cross our transom comes from an anonymous reader in Alabama who sent us his National Rifle Association of America "Confidential Member Survey." From this...
Is It True What They Sing about Dixie? (Essay)
No succeed in the New World, Jewish songwriters adopted a southern strategy. Immigrants or the sons of immigrants, these men found their vocation in the era of the First World War, flourished for a couple of decades, and did not fully surrender their...
Jackie Robinson and Dixie Walker: Myths of the Southern Baseball Player. (Essay)
The year of 1947 was arguably the most pivotal in the history of major league baseball. Baseball historian William Marshall referred to it as the "season of fury," while Red Barber called it the "year all hell broke loose in baseball." What made that...
Mississippi's Giant House Party: Being White at the Neshoba County Fair. (Essay)
"In Neshoba County, Mississippi, the basement of the past is not very deep." --Florence Mars, Witness in Philadelphia For more than one hundred years, Mississippians have braved their long hot summer to head to the eastern part of the state for...
Our Lady of Guadeloupe Visits the Confederate Memorial. (Essay)
Truisms are sometimes true. And if anything has seemed self-evident to interpreters of the South, it's the religious homogeneity of the Bible Belt. With the exception of the Mormon cultural area in Utah and adjoining states, no U.S. region seems less...