Southern Cultures

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

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 1, Spring

Every Ounce a Man's Whiskey? Bourbon in the White Masculine South
It is about the aesthetic of Bourbon drinking in general and in particular of knocking it back neat ... The joy of Bourbon drinking is not the pharmacological effect of [C.sub.2][H.sub.5]OH on the cortex but rather the instant of the whiskey being...
"For the Scrutiny of Science and the Light of Revelation": American Blood Falls
For millennia, showers of blood, known variously as blood falls, rains of blood, and blood rain, have been reported in sources both historical and literary. The earliest record comes from Homer's Iliad, in which Zeus makes it rain blood "as a portent...
Front Porch
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Satchel," at the table where Flannery O'Connor wrote, Milledgedlle, Georgia. Rob McDonald also photographed the creative spaces of Eudora Welty, Harry Crews, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, and many other southern authors...
"God First, You Second, Me Third": An Exploration of "Quiet Jewishness" at Camp Wah-Kon-Dah
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My first experience at a southern Jewish summer camp was not easy. I felt out of place. I couldn't speak Hebrew. I didn't know the songs, nor could I join in the raucous chanting of the Birkat Hamazon, the traditional Jewish...
Mind-Opening Influence of Great Importance": Arthur Raper at Agnes Scott College
Born in 1917, Winifred H. "Winnie" Kellersberger was raised in the Belgian Congo, where her parents were prominent medical missionaries. Following in the path of her stepmother, in 1934 she matriculated at Agnes Scott College, an all-women's institution...
Native Ground
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As between clear blue and cloud, Between haystack and sunset sky, Between oak and slated roof, I had my existence. I was there. Me in place and the place in me. --Seamus Heaney, "A Herbal" For the past twenty years,...
Southern Snow
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My daughters were born in Tampa, Florida, which meant they had never seen snow. This deprivation changed when we moved to Chatham, Virginia, in time for the worst snowstorm the area had seen in over sixty years. If that hadn't...
Turned Inside Out: Black, White, and Irish in the South
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The widely recited claim that the Irish in the South were perhaps more misused than slaves is traceable to William Howard Russell (here, 1855), who wrote: "The labour of ditching, trenching, cleaning the waste lands, and hewing...