Southern Cultures

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

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring

1001 More Things Everyone Should Know about the South
As a fiction writer, I used to complain that sociology was the academic discipline most opposite, in some cases even most inimical, to literature. After all, the average sociologist seemed to conduct boring surveys that led to obvious conclusions from...
An Episcopalian Imagination
I am commissioned here to discuss the influence of John Shelton Reed. But on whom? On historians of the American South, like myself? I am not sure John Reed has had any influence on historians, at least in the direct sense. Though his writing is suffused...
Front Porch
As you might have already guessed from Doug Marlette's cartoon, a wonderfully playful jab at one of our two coeditors, this issue of Southern Cultures is a little different. John Shelton Reed retired this summer after thirty-one years at the University...
If I'd Just Waked Up from a Thirty-Six-Year Sleep
Commencement Address to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Class of 2000 Chancellor Leutze, distinguished members of the platform party, my faculty colleagues, parents, kinfolk, friends, and those who are receiving graduate degrees...
"Knock Us out, John!"
When it comes to milking an anecdote, John Reed has no equal and few competitors. It seems appropriate, therefore, to begin an essay about his work with a story. In one of his best-known yarns, comedian Jerry Clower told of a famous coon hunt that...
Rethinking Southern History
Any understanding of John Shelton Reed's legacy to the study of southern history should begin with an appreciation of his pivotal position within modern southern intellectual history itself. Reed burst on the southern scene in 1972 as a contrarian,...
Surveying the South
A Conversation with John Shelton Reed Editor's note: On a Saturday afternoon in August 2000, John Reed sat down for a conversation with Betsey and Gene Genovese, noted historians of the South, at their home in Atlanta. The tape recorder was turned...
The Dear John Letters
They are hastily put-together things, often arriving here on the front lines in used envelopes with the flaps re-taped. Sometimes they arrive postage due. The notes inside occasionally reflect a disdain for punctuation and a distinct irreverence toward...
The Promise of a Sociology of the South
Some months ago, I gave a talk on the American South at the University of Mississippi. During the question-and-answer session that followed, a southern historian noted the prominence of the "ubiquitous" (his word) John Shelton Reed in debates about...
The Twenty Most Influential Southerners of the Twentieth Century
Back in 1998, with Y2K bearing down on us, Mike Burg, president of Edge Marketing in Charlotte, North Carolina, asked me to develop a list of the "twenty most influential southerners" of the century just about to end. He thought he might want to put...
The Well Wrought "Durn"
A Postmodern Writer in a Southern World EPIGRAPHS Assignment: In the epigraphs below, kindly circle the terms associated with abstraction, generality, anywhere, anyone, and Platonic idealism, and underline those associated with concretion, particularity,...
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