Vol. 19, No. 4: Winter 2013

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Vol. 19, No. 4: Winter 2013

How did we get here? Lebanese in Mississippi, Puerto Ricans in Orlando, Californians at Black Mountain, Tennesseans in Texas, and a bust of a South Carolinian that ended up in the North Carolina Museum of Art. The Winter 2013 issue tells the stories of southerners far from home, making new homes where they land.

Front Porch: Winter 2013

by Jocelyn R. Neal

"Our definitive experiences come not from the identity of a monolithic region but, rather, from the details overlooked in our too-frequent generalizations about the capital-S South."

Arms for Art, and Other Shenanigans: The Curious Case of a Marble Bust of John C. Calhoun

by John W. Coffey

"'On a shelf behind the speaker's desk, was a marble bust, on the base of which in relief were the words "John C. Calhoun." Poised on its crown, was an inverted inkstand, whose contents had descended in copious streams over the face . . . Under the name, in pencil, was written this explanatory clause. 'Yes, father of Secessionism'."

Going to Texas

by Carolyn Osborn

"Crossing the Mississippi River, putting my head out of the window to stare at its broad muddy width—the last boundary of my well-known southern world—I left Tennessee."

Mississippi Mahjar: Lebanese Immigration to the Mississippi Delta

by James G. Thomas Jr.

"'Son, I don't care if you have to sell peanuts on the street, you work for yourself. Don't make another man rich.'"

Latinization, Race, and Cultural Identification in Puerto Rican Orlando

by Patricia Silver

"'And where do I fit here? For the Floridian, all Hispanics, all who speak Spanish, are a mix of black and white and of no use . . . It's a very, very delicate position.'"

Drinking Deep at Black Mountain College

by Charles Perrow

"Almost everyone there at this period seemed a poster-child of some sort, representing a fragment of our culture—the closet gay, the civil rights activist, the communist, the avant-garde painter, the urgent truth-seeker, the parent-escaper."

There’s No Crying in a Tobacco Field

by Pepper Capps Hill

"That archaic system of child labor that often sent me home bleeding at thirteen or saw me faint from heat exhaustion at sixteen seems terribly oppressive and immoral to one who never lived it. Ask tobacco kids how they remember it, and they will paint a radically different picture."

Emmett’s Wallet

by Philip C. Kolin

"for smooth-talking Negro boys from Chicago more equal than separate . . ."

Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie by Allen Tullos (review)

by Grace Elizabeth Hale

University of Georgia Press, 2011

Cooking in Other Women’s Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865–1960 by Rebecca Sharpless (review)

by Tanfer Emin Tunc

University of North Carolina Press, 2010

The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story by Tiya Miles (review)

by Drew A. Swanson

University of North Carolina Press, 2010

Entering the Fray: Gender, Politics, and Culture in the New South ed. by Jonathan Daniel Wells and Sheila R. Phipps (review)

by Melody Maxwell

University of Missouri Press, 2010