The Front Porch: Inaugural Issue

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The Front Porch: Inaugural Issue

by John Shelton Reed, Harry M.Watson
Southern Cultures, Inaugural Issue: 1993

"Welcome to the first issue of Southern Cultures, a new quarterly of the American South."

Welcome to the first issue of Southern Cultures, a new quarterly of the American South. As always, the South attracts a considerable share of attention today, from defenders and detractors, reformers and traditionalists, historians, novelists, literary critics, social scientists, journalists, and politicians. As all these folks keep busy, each group telling about the South in its own way, too much of their conversation takes place in isolation, in narrow professional journals, in homogeneous knots of talkers, in separate cabins on a far-flung landscape, if you will, or in isolated corners of the big house. Up till now, there didn’t seem to be many places to bring these folks together.