Vol. 12, No. 3: Fall 2006

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Vol. 12, No. 3: Fall 2006

This issue finds the American South and the Self; 21st-Century Slavery in The Confederate States of America; the making of Sam Davis, Boy Hero of the Confederacy; race, Coca-Cola, and the southern origins of drug prohibition; a high school band’s disintegration to the them from Shaft, and more.

Front Porch: Fall 2006

by Harry L. Watson

"What is it that makes people think of themselves as southerners? It isn't just birth."

The American South and the Self

by Larry J. Griffith

"Just as the history of the South is contradictory and contested, so too, is the identity of southerners."

“The Boys Will Have to Fight the Battles without Me”: The Making of Sam Davis, “Boy Hero of the Confederacy”

by Edward John Harcourt

"Today, you can even get married at the Sam Davis home. Apparently some couples see no irony in tying the knot at a shrine to a lost cause."

Jim Crow’s Drug War: Race, Coca Cola, and the Southern Origins of Drug Prohibition

by Michael M. Cohen

"'You could buy all the dope you wanted in the drug store. Just ask for it, and you got it.'"

Lacy Charm in Old Mobile: The Historic Cast Iron of Alabama’s First City

by John S. Sledge, Sheila Hagler

"Virtually every American city accessible by water had some ornamental cast iron, but it was nowhere more exuberantly employed than in the Deep South."

Twenty-First-Century Slavery Or, How to Extend the Confederacy for Two Centuries Beyond Its Planned Demise

by Trudier Harris

"Are blacks to be proud of the film? Or is it just an expansive, self-indulgent joke that goes on too long?"

I’m Talking about Shaft

by Michael Parker

"Now we were about to premiere, for an audience suspecting more anemic halftime show standards, the hottest jam of the Black Moses, Mr. Hot Buttered Soul himself."

Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South by Marcie Cohen Ferris (review)

by Dale Volberg Reed

University of North Carolina Press, 2010

Land of Sunshine, Land of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida by Gary R. Mormino (review)

by Stephen J. Whitfield

University Press of Florida, 2008

Selected Poems by James Applewhite (review)

by Robert M. West

Duke University Press, 2005

The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory by Fitz Brundage (review)

by John E. Bodnar

Harvard University Press, 2008

Freedom’s Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era by Paul Harvey (review)

by Matt J. Zacharias Harper

University of North Carolina Press, 2007