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"Southern identity is a moving target. Its meaning keeps changing and so do those who claim it."
"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."
"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.'"
"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."
"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."
"There's no horizon, / no line on the Atlantic. . ."
"Thank you, heart lady."
Louisiana State University Press, 2004
The University of Tennessee Press, 2004
University of North Carolina Press, 2003
Alfred A. Knopf, 2002