Southern Cultures

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

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer

A Marvelous Gun Unshot
He let himself in the house without knocking, as had become his habit, and placed a bag of peaches on the counter--a present from the farmers' market. His arm was in a sling from shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, an injury from shooting...
Drawn to Water
We are drawn to water for many reasons: for our health and survival, for rites and rituals, for athletic endeavors, and often for the pure pleasure of social engagement. Water cleanses and invigorates. It is both life-giving and an unstoppable force....
Front Porch
Few people besides Charlestonians and literary experts know that Edgar Allan Poe spent about a year in 1827 and 1828 on the outskirts of the Holy City, while stationed on Sullivan's Island as an enlisted man in the U. S. Army. Fifteen years later,...
On and On: Appalachian Accent and Academic Power
"Let's go around the room and say where were from." It was my first day in a class called "Experiencing Appalachia" during my first year of college. "Raleigh," someone said. "Just outside of Charlotte," said another. "High Point." The professor...
Remembrances of the Past, Concerns for the Future, and the Potential Resilience of a Southern Coastal Town
Katrina, Ike, and Sandy--are these extreme events the new normal? The emerging realities of a changing climate, as manifest in sea level rise and more intense storms, further exacerbate risk in ways that we are struggling to understand and prepare...
Skillet Laureate
I've always enjoyed giving poetry readings. To me, each one is a literary entertainment, a chance to hold the attention of listeners in a hospitable way, an opportunity to engage and delight them with some well-chosen language. It doesn't matter if...
Superstar Reverend J. M. Gates and Working Class Black Uplift
"I think the password of this country should be of today: stay out of the chain store." (1) During his heyday in the 1920s and '30s, Reverend J. M. Gates of Atlanta's Rockdale neighborhood produced a steady stream of recorded sermons on popular...
Thornton Dial: September 10, 1928-January 25, 2016
Birds flock, flutter and fly, strut, preen, and roost through the art of Thornton Dial, citizens in a remarkable graphic menagerie that speak, sometimes forcefully, sometimes joyfully, to what he termed "hard truths." Tigers, signifying the artist...
Unburied Treasure: Edgar Allan Poe in the South Carolina Lowcountry
While researching his 1885 biography of Edgar Allan Poe for Houghton Mifflin's American Men of betters series, George E. Woodberry discovered that Poe had enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1827 under the name of Edgar Perry. As is now well known, Poe was...
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