Southern Cultures

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

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 4, Winter

"A Recourse That Could Be Depended Upon": Picking Blackberries and Getting by after the Civil War
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One day last year, at the end of July, I walked down to Runnymede, alongside the River Thames, and picked a mess of blackberries. Since I had no one to please but myself, I made a cobbler and had just that for supper, at a...
Front Porch
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I never knew my mother's mother, a woman so distant from me that I think of her as "Miss Lucy" rather than "Grandmamma." But I do know a lot about her. She was a college graduate, when that was still a rare thing for a country...
Home of the Double-Headed Eagle: The Visionary Vernacular Architecture of Reverend H.D. Dennis and Margaret Dennis
[F]orms abstractedly embody the dynamic that identifies cultures and locates among a culture's products those that are best. Deep informs abides the power by which culture knows, claims, shapes, and conquers the world. When cultures collide, their...
Playing Chicken with the Train Cowboy Troy's Hick-Hop and the Transracial Country West
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "[S]uch fiddling and dancing nobody ever before saw in this world. I thought they were the true 'heaven-borns.' Black and white, white and black, all hugemsnug together; happy as lords and ladies, sitting sometimes round in...
Rethinking the Boundaries of the South
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] John Shelton Reed's work in the 1970s and afterward demonstrated the decline in the prevalence of "Dixie" in business names across the South. Although D.C.'s "Dixie Theater "--here, ca. 1920--might suggest there once had been...
The View from Mencken's Tomb
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Forgive me if I date myself by exhuming H. L. Mencken. He was the patron saint of a certain kind of journalist, and soon the kind of journalism he and I practiced and understood will be consigned to the History department....