The Journal of Southern History

TheJournal of Southern History is a quarterly journal owned and published by The Southern Historical Association. It has been in publication since 1935, and its editorial headquarters are in Houston, Texas. TheJournalof Southern History focuses on southern history, broadly interpreted. Issues contain scholarly articles, historical notes, book reviews and news of historical interest. Contributors to the journal include almost everyone who is doing or has done significant work in the field of southern history. All members of The Southern Historical Association are recipients of the journal as are others interested in the study of the South. The journal's region is the United States.TheJournal of Southern History has included articles on such topics as "Opposition to Polygamy in the Postbellum South" (November 2010), "African American Farmers and Civil Rights" (November 2007), "A Region in Harmony: Southern Music and the Sound Track of Freedom" (November 2006) and "The Second Slavery: Modernity in the Nineteenth-Century Sough and the Atlantic World" (August 2009). Randal L. Hall is the Managing Editor. John B. Boles is the Editor, Bethany L. Johnson is the Associate Editor and Allison N. Madar is a Visiting Assistant Editor.

Articles from Vol. 71, No. 4, November

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NEVER, NEVER ON NOVEMBER 10, 1955, IN ALL OF THIS STIRRING, ALL the hell-raising that went on in this hall, could I ever have imagined that I would be sitting here at this table again fifty years later. It was all arranged differently than it is now....
Courtship Contests and the Meaning of Conflict in the Folklore of Slaves
Brer Rabbit dancing and singing plum turned Miss Wolf's head.... Brer Rabbit he take the gal and go off home clipity, lipity. Poor old Brer Coon he take hisself off home, he so tired, he can scarcely hold hisself together. COURTSHIP,"...
Memphis, the Peabody, and the SHA: A Fifty-Year Commemoration
Introduction ONE OF THE LANDMARK EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE SOUTHERN Historical Association took place fifty years ago this month in Memphis. At the annual meeting at the Peabody Hotel in November 1955, the program for the Phi Alpha Theta dinner...
Obituaries
William J. Brophy, professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU), died on September 21, 2004, age sixty-seven. He began his long career at SFASU in 1964 and remained active through the spring semester of 2004 until emphysema forced...
Plain Folk Reconsidered: Historiographical Ambiguity in Search of Definition
STUDENTS OF SOUTHERN HISTORY ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE TERMS PLANTER, plain folk, and poor white. Most will acknowledge an understanding of who enjoyed status as a planter and who was a poor white, but the characteristics of plain folk are neither as clearly...
The Southern Historical Association and the Quest for Racial Justice, 1954-1963
IN NOVEMBER 1955, IN A NATION GRAPPLING WITH THE SUPREME COURT'S Brown v. Board of Education decision of the previous year, the Southern Historical Association (SHA) met in Memphis, not far from where a Mississippi jury had just exonerated the white...
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