Vol. 10, No. 4: Winter 2004

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Vol. 10, No. 4: Winter 2004

This winter brings Robert Penn Warren and a love of poetry, Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, Alan Shapiro’s Black Maid and Between Assassinations, Eugene E. Genovese on the Confederacy’s quandary, and a Cajun traiteur’s healing magic.

Front Porch: Winter 2004

by Harry L. Watson

"Who could miss the blood-pounding rush of events that awful spring, with the bands playing, the girls cheering, elders looking proud and tearful, as scowls of disapproval already darkened against 'tories' and shirkers?"

Robert Penn Warren: “Mad for Poetry”

by William R. Ferris

"I said, 'Couldn't we go a little slower?' And he said, 'With a white man sitting in this front seat with me? You won't catch me going less than ninety miles an hour. Mister, you'll just have to take it. I'm saving your life.'"

“A World Properly Put Together”: Environmental Knowledge in Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain

by Albert Way

"It has been more than seven years since the publication of Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain, and it has become nothing short of a phenomenon."

King Solomon’s Dilemma—and the Confederacy’s

by Eugene D. Genovese

"If southerners did not live up to Christian standards in their daily lives and, in particular, bring slavery up to Abramic standards, they warned, a wrathful God would use the heathen Yankees, as He had used heathens of yore, to smite his Chosen People."

A Cajun Traiteur : Faith Healing on the Bayou

by Karen Yochim

"In southwestern Louisiana, where the slow running, gumbo-colored bayous and the incredibly wide-spreading mythical oaks mingle with the soft, sultry air to protect and comfort the spirit, it's easy to believe in faith healing."

Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy B. Tyson (review)

by Fred C. Hobson

Crown Publishing Group, 2004

Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) by Stokely Carmichael (review)

by Stephen J. Whitfield

Simon and Schuster, 2003

Tar Heel Catholics by William F. Powers (review)

by John Quinterno

University Press of America, 2003

A Traveler’s Guide to the Civil Rights Movement by Jim Carrier (review)

by S. Willoughby Anderson

Harvest Books, 2004