Vol. 11, No. 1: Spring 2005

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Vol. 11, No. 1: Spring 2005

Have you ever made a valentine for Eudora Welty? What did the Rebels do in the wake of 9-11? Where’s the hottest Civil War reenactment in the South? Does the Sacred Heart of Jesus ever visit Death Row? Are we all Southerners here?

Front Porch: Spring 2005

by Harry L. Watson

"Southern identity is a moving target. Its meaning keeps changing and so do those who claim it."

Southerners All?

by Larry J. Griffin, Ranae Jo Evenson, Ashley B. Thompson

"Exactly who is a southerner, exactly who wishes to be a southerner, and who is thought to have the right to claim southern identity are now highly uncertain."

South to Death

by Earl Higgins

"Those who are given the power by law to exercise mercy become too intoxicated, overwhelmed by the power to end life; they can no longer grant the mercy advocated by the scriptural teachings they purport to follow. Matthew 5:7, for example, instructs, 'Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.'"

Playing Rebels: Reenactment as Nostalgia and Defense of the Confederacy in the Battle of Aiken

by James O. Farmer

"South Carolina cannot boast a Civil War reenactment on the scale of those held at Gettysburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, or other famous battle sites, yet since the mid-1990s it has played host to one of growing size and reputation."

Rebels in the Wake of 9-11: Homecoming Weekend in Oxford, Mississippi, October 2001

by Katy Vinroot O'Brien

"The usual terrain of southern homecoming celebrations—cheerleaders rah-rahhing, smartly clad members of the homecoming court soaking up the crowd, mothers and babies at parade's edge, hastily built fraternity floats—contrast with markers of heightened national pride and sudden, uncomfortable transformation."

“Bartram’s Trail” and “Pawley’s Island Shakedown”

by Thorpe Moeckel

"There's no horizon, / no line on the Atlantic. . ."

A Valentine for Miss Welty

by Ann Taylor Peden

"Thank you, heart lady."

The Kingfish in Fiction: Huey P. Long and the Modern American Novel, by Keith Perry (review)

by Bryan Albin Giemza

Louisiana State University Press, 2004

Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English, by Michael B. Montgomery and Joseph S. Hall (review)

by Michael Chitwood

The University of Tennessee Press, 2004

The Social Origins of the Urban South: Race, Gender, and Migration in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, 1890-1930, by Louis M. Kyriakoudes (review)

by Tom Hanchett

University of North Carolina Press, 2003

Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3, by Robert A. Caro (review)

by John Quinterno

Alfred A. Knopf, 2002